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Greater Dayton RTA to celebrate “National Summer Learning Week” with kickoff party, free books

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Allison Wichie at (937)-425-8379, Communications Specialist

(DAYTON, OHIO) … For the third year, the Greater Dayton RTA will celebrate National Summer Learning Week by encouraging Miami Valley children to keep reading this summer through a book giveaway. The event, part of the agency’s “Read On RTA” program, will be held Monday, July 8, at Island MetroPark in Dayton.

The RTA team will stock one of its green “Read On RTA” bookshelves full of books and encourage children and families to take a book to enjoy throughout the summer. A wide variety of books suitable for children of any age along with books for adults will be available. The RTA bookshelf will be set up from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Bud shelter, near the Splash Pad at Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena Street, Dayton.

The event will include additional family fun such as the RTA bus photo booth, coloring activities, ice cream treats for participants, and live animal demonstrations with Five Rivers MetroParks staff.

The date of the event is to kick off events throughout the United States thrown by education organizations for the annual “National Summer Learning Week”—which aims to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed.

For the past 6 years, the RTA, along with community partners Dayton Metro Library, Learn to Earn Dayton, Project Read and Half Priced Books, has collected and distributed thousands of free books to children across Dayton through the “Read On RTA” program. RTA aims to battle the “summer slide”—the academic backslide children can experience while they’re not actively learning in the classroom during summer months. Kids of all age levels are encouraged to take a book from one of the “Read On RTA” bookshelves at any transit center and enjoy!

WHAT: Read on RTA “National Summer Learning Day” event

WHERE: Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena St., Dayton

WHEN: Monday, July 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

INFO: Enjoy free books, ice cream, coloring activities and the splash pad