Orion Alternative Elementary wins Library's Summer Learning Challenge

Orion Alternative Elementary student wins top prize in Library’s Summer Learning Challenge

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A second-grader at Orion Alternative Elementary school won top prize in Redwood City Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge, earning a $1,000 education scholarship, the Library said.

Library Director Derek Wolfgram and Friends of the Library President Mary Scavarda honored Jimena with the certificate last week.

The Summer Learning Challenge tasks children and adults alike to read throughout the summer. Grade-school children are asked to color in a block on a reading log or bookmark for every 20 minutes of reading or listening they do each day, and each time they try a new activity during the summer. They can read cooks, magazines, newspapers, road signs, maps, take-out menus, and more. After completing a finisher form, children who are Redwood City residents are entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Participating children under age 12 are eligible to receive a free book and prize, while teens are eligible for a free book and entrance into a raffle.

The annual Summer Learning Challenge “is a proven way to combat Summer Slide and inspire a love of reading in children,” the Library said. “Numerous studies have shown that summer programs at libraries help ensure that school children retain reading and learning skills over the break.”

The program is funded by Friends of the Redwood City Library.

Photo courtesy of Redwood City Public Library