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Updated: 06/19/2014 08:00:02AM

Sail into Summer with Boatloads of Books

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PHOTO BY DEVIN LACAVA

One of the fun activity stations allowed children to draw a fancicul surfboard to go along with the book, "Surfer Chick." The evening event encouraged both children and their parents to pick up some free books to promote reading over the summer vacation.

PHOTO BY DEVIN LACAVA

Luella Murphy, Emily Morris and Sandy Cespedes were the hosting team who helped ensure the "Sail Into Summer with Boatloads of Books" event gave children a chance to get free books to keep them busy all summer.

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Sail Into Summer with Boatloads of Books offered three frree books for every child. This trio of boys found appeakling books they can't wait to read.

PHOTO BY DEVIN LACAVA

Computer stations were set up to show moms and kids how to use the school district's website to get masimum information about their child's progress.

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At Station 16, a child is excited to take part in the activities that will lead her to be interested in reading over her summer vacation.

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Dr. Rae Konjoian organized the event to ensure there were plenty of books for children to choose, to keep alive their delight in reading over the summer months.

By DEVIN LACAVA

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As teachers said goodbye to their students for summer they may have been wondering what they’ll be doing with their time off. For the students who attended the School District of DeSoto County’s Sail into Summer with Boatloads of Books event, the answer is reading!

On June 4, more than 250 families with students from every grade level gathered in the cafeteria of the DeSoto Middle School to participate in a book give-away meant to encourage summer reading and family learning. Fliers were sent across the district to advertise the opportunity for each child to receive at least three new books to read over summer break, and as a bonus, all parents in attendance were encouraged to take a couple of books for themselves. Attendees sifted through more than 3,000 new books purchased with grant funding, as teachers and staff from each area school entertained at over 30 interactive learning stations set up around the cafeteria.

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