by Michael Burch
More than a hundred people attended State Representative Vanessa Brown’s reading challenge finale this year held at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Rep. Brown designed the Reading program to help parents keep their small children reading during the summer months when school is not in session. Studies show that readings skills tend to fall off during the summer months, forcing students to catch up once school commences in the fall.
Representative Brown says “This is the third year I have promoted this reading challenge, and I have offered the program to other members throughout Pennsylvania, Brown said. “Good reading skills are crucial for educational growth, and this program will keep children reading and interested in the summer without the pressure of school. All the children who attended the event received certificates and metals, for completing the summer program.
There were other programs in attendance, all sharing their curricula with parents and students. Some of the programs participating were Stemnasium Learning Academy, Literacy 4 Peace, and the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program from the Franklin Institute.
Musical entertainment was supplied by a promising young group called “Little Big Sister”.
At the end of the formal program, participants took part in an interactive Franklin Institute Science Demonstration and then toured the many exhibits and programs that the Institute had to offer. Looks like all the kids had a great time.