READ2ME: Tailgate Stories is an award-winning program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers and volunteers go into low-income neighborhoods for at least one week during the summer and read aloud to children. The program exposes the children to a variety of literacy styles through quality read-alouds, maintains students’ interest and accessibility to stories over the summer, increases each child’s at-home book collection—thus building a communication bridge between the school and families in low economic neighborhoods. There is an up-close and personal science component to the program as well.
AWARDS FOR READ2ME: Tailgate Stories:
NC James B Hunt Celebrate Literacy Award, 2011
Random House National Teacher of the Year Award, 2012
Laurie Horne Family Engagement Award, 2016
Like READ2ME, Books on Break is another summer reading program that helps to prevent “summer slide”. Based on the research of Richard L. Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen (http://www.rcowen.com/PDFs/Allington.pdf), this program allows students who are most at-risk to experience summer reading loss to self-select books for their home libraries to read over the summer. In 2016, at least 100 children in each elementary school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District will chose 10 books each the interest them to keep. Our friends at Book Harvest (bookharvestnc.org) are providing 15,000 books for the summer reading programs, including READ2ME.