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B&G Club of Central VA Recognized for Summer Reading Program

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Two hundred kids participate in the summer reading program. Two hundred kids participate in the summer reading program.

A central Virginia organization is getting national attention for its summer reading program. The program targets kids at a young age, and helps them stay on track throughout their educational careers.

The Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia summer reading program is now in its third year. This year it's being recognized on the cover of the Boys and Girls Club of America national magazine, which is seen by 4,000 clubs from around the world. The magazine says the summer reading program in the central Virginia clubs is a good model for other clubs.

Two hundred kids at the Cherry Avenue and Southwood locations participate in the reading program. The kids are evaluated at the beginning and end of the summer. Instructors measure how much kids have read and how much they remember about what they've read. The results show 90 percent of the kids in the program stay on track or improve their reading fluency and comprehension.

"The summer reading program that we have really focuses on making sure that our kids stay on track and are ready for school when the first day of school comes around," said James Pierce, the executive director of The Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

He said research shows that if kids are not on track by third grade, there are huge risks, including not graduating from high school on time.

Pierce also said part of the success of the summer reading program is because it's so fun. Throughout the summer the kids take field trips to places like the fire department and recycling center, and then read about the places they've been.

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