MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - Sixty-five students, some who need a little help with reading, are participating in the new program that runs through the end of July.
Some teachers feel like this program will better prepare their students for the upcoming school year better than summer school because reading focuses on comprehension and understanding what students learn. Since the program is in July, it will lead right up to the start of school next month.
Vicki Hammack works with first grade readers in the new Malden summer reading program.
She says this program is targeting students who tested average or below average on standardized testing to get them ready for the upcoming school year.
"That struggling students is the one that we want to get as much literature in their hands as possible," she said.
Students will work for four hours a day, four days a week on improving their reading skills.
Students will be allowed to work at their own pace, and Hammack says improving reading levels is only half of the goal.
"It's do you understand what you read? Now that you read it and read those words beautifully, can you retell that story to me?" she said.
Hammack says having the program so close to the start of school is going to be very beneficial.
"It's going to be a great advantage for them. They won't have that long delay without text."
Program coordinator Marla Swindell says the program goes beyond reading.
It's about keeping grades up so kids stay in school and have high self esteem so they make good choices.