Summer Reading Keeps Kids Sharp for Fall

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County held its first Summer Saturday Reading Party in the Dutch Mill Court neighborhood in Harrisonburg.

Kids got to enjoy music and games and take home a free book. The United Way said low-income students lose two to three months of reading skills each summer.

Parents said it is important for kids to brush up on those skills over the summer.

"To see parents out here, to see kids out here is really excited for me as a parent," said parent Rick Castaneda.

"Just because its the summer doesn't mean that you're not allowed to read books. Keep reading so you can get smarter," said student Rovel Haile.

United Way will hold four more summer reading parties this summer. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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