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Akron Schools Team with the City on a Summer Reading Program

Dan Horrigan
Tim Rudell

It’s summer-slide time in Akron.   That’s the name of a program the City of Akron and Akron’s Schoolsare working on together to keep kids from losing ground in reading during the summer break.  

Volunteers will be paired up with students to read with them two hours a week through the summer. The program will be offered at a half-dozen community centers around town. And, it will come with a lunch for the kids, too. 

What will it cost taxpayers?

Mayor Dan Horrigan and Council President Marilyn Keith answered together at an afternoon news conference.

“Our community centers are open, and it’s all volunteer. So there’s not a dollar outlay.”  

Marilyn Keith
Credit Tim Rudell / WKSU
Marilyn Keith, President of Akron City Council, during an interview at WKSU's Akron Bureau

“And we’re in a community to do this. Because we are in a community of volunteers who do care about our youth.”

Summer Slide gets under way June 6th and lasts through mid-August.