Our message to students: Just READ something this summer. Then read something else. Enjoy it. We know forcing you to read won’t make you a life-long reader. In fact, it may have the opposite effect. So, go read something you like. Tell your friends about it. Tell your family about it. But DON’T write an essay about it! DON’T make a poster! DON’T keep a record of vocab words! Use that time to go read another book! Just READ!
Our message to parents/guardians: Research tells us that students are overstressed, overworked, and overtired. At the end of a pandemic year, the last thing kids want to be told is to read a specific book. Experience tells us that when a student is forced to read, they may comply, but they may not truly benefit. To that end, the Rutherford Public Schools will continue our philosophy of: Just READ! We hope you encourage your child to read – just because. No essays, no projects, no required texts. Just READ and here are some suggestions on how to get started.
Additionally, the Rutherford Public Library Summer Reading Program officially began on May 17th and the children of Rutherford in the program have already completed 1,880 books. Miss Jane, Children’s Librarian at the Rutherford Public Library visited classrooms to introduce the program to our students to promote reading throughout the summer!