Sacajawea elementary students won't only be diving into pools this summer, they'll be diving into books as well. The "Summer Six Reading Challenge" is a state wide effort to keep young students reading during the summer months.
State Superintendent Denise Juneau said, "Research shows that if students read at least six books over the summer they'll be able to maintain their skills and be ready to go."
According to Juneau, students who don't read during the summer tend to have a more difficult time catching up when school starts again. This is referred to as "the summer slide."
Last year, more than two thousand students took the summer reading challenge.
Today at Sacajawea elementary, State Superintendent Denise Juneau read a story to the kindergarten class, and gave away free books.
The students jumped in excitement to get their first of six books to read this summer.
"They like looking at the pictures, they like looking at the story their reading...so it's still very exciting," Juneau said.
Students can register online at opi.mt.gov for the six summer reading challenge and become eligible for prizes.?