Updated: June 16, 2020 07:03 PM
Created: June 16, 2020 05:42 PM
FORT ANN - Carter and Carson miss school.
"It's not as fun," said 8-year-old Carson Foran. "You don't get to see all your friends."
Outside the Foran home in Fort Ann, 3rd grade teacher Leigh Foster got to see her students for the first time in a while, and she came bearing books.
"'Captain Underpants' and a few others that I haven't read before," said Carter.
"Oh, I love it!" said their mother, Katie Foran. "It's great for the kids, it gives them books to read, and they look forward to it."
Only a few moments later, NewsChannel 13 saw Carson run to the swing and take a look at one of his new books.
The principal says the best way to keep students reading over the summer is to give them books they are excited about.
Fort Ann teachers are bringing bags of brand new books to elementary school students.
"They were very committed to showing students the joy and the power of reading," said Elementary School Principal Michelle Discenza. "They really want every student to become a confident, capable reader."
They were at the school Tuesday morning, packing up school buses to make home deliveries. It's all about giving children access to books this summer.
Every teacher volunteered for these trips.
"Super excited," said teacher Linda Hull. "I love that we're giving children all the books. That's always a fun day for us."
Teachers also made the day a special one for Pre-K. It's a different graduation ceremony for students like Ethan, Max and Maggie. It's full steam ahead for them now to kindergarten.
The new books are thanks to federal grant money. Usually, students get to pick out their own, but with school closed, the teachers made sure to bring the summer reading to them.
"The summer slide is something that every teacher worries about," said Hull. "Our hope is that by giving them books, they're just getting more exposure to literature and having a chance to really have some engagement with literature when they're not at school."
When pre-K student Max got his bag, one of the first things he said was, "I got my books!"
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