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Coeur d'Alene School District works to combat 'summer slide'

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

It's the last week of school for kids in Coeur d'Alene and with the summer right around the corner, the school district is looking to make sure progress during the school year doesn't slide.

At Winton Elementary, teachers say reading levels for all student vastly improved. Out of 300 kids kindergarten through third grade, 30 kids read below a certain standard set forth by the state of Idaho.

Now it may sound like punishment, but Jodi Johnson, a teacher at Winton, says the kids who read below the standard will get bags filled with books thanks to a Opening Books, Opening Doors.


"One of the difficulties with kids struggling to read that we know is that they don't have access to books always and so this is a huge effort to help them have access to books," Johnson said.

On top of that, the district will roll out their new program called "CdA Reads." The goal is to have it feel less like summer school and more about encouraging kids to read in the summer.


"The ability to come and get three free books at every event over the course of about 10 events gives students a library of 30 books at home," Spencer Normington, the site coordinator for CdA Reads said.


The program will be offered twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, at schools across the district.

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