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Mary Wells reads to children.

The Danville Independent School District is one of 30 districts in the state selected to participate in this year’s Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program, a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the Summer Food Service Program and the Children’s Reading Foundation, according to a press release from the KDE. 

Danville Schools is receiving more than 800 books to distribute for free at two of their summer feeding sites: Mary G. Hogsett Primary School and Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School. All children under 18 years old are welcome to visit the feeding sites and take books and other resources. The sites will also receive items such as wristbands, bookmarks and magnets to motivate families to read 20 minutes each day. 

A child picks out books.

The aim of the program is to increase family engagement in reading and math, since children can lose up to three months of literacy and numeracy skills during summer break if they don’t practice what they’ve learned at school, according to the release. 

Hogsett Principal Suzanne Farmer added that being able to participate in this reading and math program also gives children a great opportunity to interact with teachers, even during the summer break. 

Summer reading at Hogsett.
A banner reads "Read together 20 minutes every day."

In addition to the books and goodies available at the sites, KDE has a summer support page on their website available to all Kentucky families with resources for summer learning, like mathematics resources, a virtual read aloud series, information and printables for parents and caregivers, and other resources. 

Information about Danville Schools summer feeding program: 

The Danville Independent School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. The Danville Schools summer feeding program runs from June 6 to July 29. 

There are feeding sites serving breakfast and lunch at Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School and Mary G. Hogsett Primary School, where books and other resources are also being distributed through the Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program. Breakfast is from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at these sites. 

Mobile sites are: 

  • Constitution Square 11-11:20 a.m.
  • Long Run Apt. 11:30-11:50 a.m.
  • Imperial Mobile Park 12-12:20 p.m.
  • Bate-Wood Homes Apt. 12:30-12:50 p.m.
  • Patrician Place 1-1:20 p.m.
  • Lexington Ave. Park 12-12:20 p.m.

All meals must be consumed on site. 

All sites will be open Monday-Friday except Monday, July 4, which will be closed for Independence Day. 

Meals will be provided to all children ages 18 and under without charge. There is no application process or paperwork needed to participate in the program. We encourage everyone to participate. It is a free meal program available to all children with no consideration of income. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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