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United Way Brings ‘Summer Slide’ to The Soo

Summertime is the time to be outside, but it’s also the time that kids take a break from reading books.   This is what some call the “Summer-Slide”.

Studies show that encouraging children to read a little each day over the summer will help them keep up with skills leading into the new school year.

The United Way of the Eastern U.P. is hoping to change that by collecting new and gently used children’s books and distributing them to local families this summer and beyond.

The books will also be a part of their reading buddy program where volunteers read to children.

They also plan on handing out books at local events.

The book drive started in mid-June and in just a couple of weeks, they have already collected nearly 2,000 books!

The United Way is hoping to team up with Soo Area Schools and place small boxes around town with books as part of the community book exchange program.

You can learn more about it .