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Reading Can Beat Summer "Brain Drain"

PHOTO: Reading during summer vacation is critical for students to maintain their academic skills and avoid what educators call summer brain drain.  Photo credit U.S. Department of Education.
PHOTO: Reading during summer vacation is critical for students to maintain their academic skills and avoid what educators call summer brain drain. Photo credit U.S. Department of Education.
June 1, 2015

LAS VEGAS – Parents in Nevada and around the nation are encouraged to make sure their children read during summer vacation to avoid what educators call brain drain.

Katie Willse, chief program officer for the National Summer Learning Association, says time away from books can cause serious loss of academic skills.

"Every summer, kids lose ground on the skills that they've learned during the school year, and that all kids are at risk for falling behind in core subjects like math and reading," she points out.

Willse adds brain drain can impact some students to the point that they won't catch up academically during the next school year.

She says that local libraries usually provide summer reading programs that can be hugely valuable for students.

Carol Chambers, head of the youth services department at the West Las Vegas Library, says research shows that children who are interested in what they're reading benefit the most.

"We talk to the child, we ask the child questions about what they're interested in, and then we try to find a book that is appropriate for that child,” she relates. “But again, the most important thing is the child is interested in what they're reading."

Chambers says most libraries usually offer summer reading programs for teenagers and children younger than age five as well. She adds that parents reading to their kids also is very helpful in avoiding brain drain.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV