Summer time is a great time to relax, enjoy the good weather, and spend time with your family and friends. The Milford Public Schools also recognize that for life long learners reading is an essential component that serves to stimulate, enrich, and reinforce academic skills during the summer months. It is well documented that summer reading is an important component of an overall literacy program. Summer learning is most consistently related to reading which is measured by the number of books read and how often children read for pleasure. Research shows that even with other activities relating to summer academic learning only reading is related to achievement. Providing opportunities for students to read regularly during the summer can prevent reading achievement losses.
Milford Public School students, grades PreK-12, are required to participate in the summer reading program. Students in grades PreK-2 will read books of their own choosing. In addition to the mandated books, students in grades 3-12 are encouraged to read books that appeal to them and suit their own personal interests, increasing the likelihood that they will genuinely enjoy their reading experience. In keeping with the Community Handshake initiative, the Milford Town Library and the Milford Public Schools continue to collaborate in an effort to provide students with a positive summer reading experience. The town library has many of the recommended titles available for students to borrow, as well as sponsoring their own summer reading program, filled with lots of wonderful reading suggestions plus many fun activities.
Summer reading brochures and assignments can be obtained from the library, the Family Resource Center, Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bellingham, and each school’s main office. You can also obtain them online at the Milford Public Schools website.