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Teachers create a new way to keep students reading through summerSubmitted: 06/06/2014

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ST. GERMAIN - Kids can easily get bored in the summer. Reading a book is one way kids can stay on track with school and not be bored.

Some Northwoods teachers have come up with a creative way to do that. St. Germain Elementary School is starting a new program called Popsicles in the Park. Kindergarten through Second grade teachers will bring a wagon of books to the park. Kids can exchange books and enjoy a popsicle with their friends.

"Keep them reading and then when we meet in the park, we want to hear all the great stories that they've read. And just keep boosting that great reading that they've done," said Carrie Olson, Kindergarten teacher.

Teachers hope this will help keep students' minds active during the summer. They also hope kids are as excited about it as they are.

"If we get even one child that's reading more than they would've, it's worth it to me personally. But I would love to see a big turnout and just kids coming down to the park to join us," stated Olson.

They hope it'll be a good chance for kids to see their friends and talk about stories they have read. Their main goal is simple.

"Enjoying the love of reading, which is life-long. And we also are looking for parents to come down with their child and just enjoy. Maybe they want to chat about stories that they've been reading over the summer because it's a great time to enjoy a book," says Olson.

Popsicles in the Park will have two meetings this summer. It will last about an hour at the St. Germain Pavilion.


Story By: Melissa Constanzer

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