DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An initiative here is aiming to prevent the so-called “summer slide” when students are out of school.
Thursday, the Greater Dayton RTA celebrated National Summer Learning Day by encouraging Miami Valley kids to read with a book giveaway.
“Reading is important, education is important. Even though you’re not in school, summer can be a time to continue reading,” said Allison Wichie, the communications specialist at the Greater Dayton RTA.
The event, held at Island MetroPark, featured a miniature RTA bus with dress up clothes and props and a cart full of donated books for kids to take home free of charge. The cart is part of “Read On RTA,” which stations book giveaways at all five RTA transit centers.
“We take about 30,000 people everyday on our buses. What better way to reach the most people in our area than to put the books where they go everyday,” explained Wichie.
She said in 2017, the RTA gave away 15,000 books during the summer program.
Thursday’s event showcased a variety of birds, reptiles and other animals, provided by Five Rivers MetroPark, for families to learn about and hold.
Dayton Police officers also stopped at the park to hand out free ice cream for the department’s East Dayton Ice Cream Truck.
Stacy Hinton and her eight-year-old daughter Shayann attended the program and the mother praised the opportunity to encourage summertime learning.
“You have to keep the kids learning so that way they don’t lose they already learned (in school),” Hinton said. “Their minds are just going and learning more and more.”
You can learn more about the “Read On RTA” program here.