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Akron Schools Team with the City on a Summer Reading Program

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan during the election campaign
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan during the election campaign

It’s summer-slide time in Akron.   That’s the name of a program the City of Akron and Akron’s Schools are working on together to keep kids from losing ground in reading during the summer break.  

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan during the election campaign
Credit Tim Rudell / WKSU
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan during the election campaign

Volunteers will be paired up with students to read with them two hours a week through the summer. The program will be offered at a half-dozen community centers around town. And, it will come with a lunch for the kids, too. 

What will it cost taxpayers?

Mayor DanHorriganand Council President Marilyn Keith answered together at an afternoon news conference.

“Our community centers are open, and it’s all volunteer. So there’s not a dollar outlay.”  

Marilyn Keith, President of Akron City Council, during an interview at WKSU's Akron Bureau
Credit Tim Rudell / WKSU
Marilyn Keith, President of Akron City Council, during an interview at WKSU's Akron Bureau

“And we’re in a community to do this. Because we are in a community of volunteers who do care about our youth.”

Summer Slide gets under way June 6th and lasts through mid-August.  

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