With the school year in Norwalk starting in 2 days, Norwalk ACTS Literacy Committee drew the grand prize winners for Norwalk's first City wide reading initiative on Monday morning.
Hyla Crane, Director of Education at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk said "It was the summer reading program Dig Into Reading, to promote reading this summer for children here in Norwalk to prevent the summer slide."
Over 11 hundred kids participated in the program taking out books by the thousands.
"Of all of those childre, over 10 thousand books were taken out of the library and read." said Crane.
Crane says programs like Dig Into Reading are important to prevent the summer slide and lessen the achievement gap between children who are reading in the summer and children who are not.
Crane added "Children without those experiences fall behind. It is called the summer slide and it is something that we all have a responsibility to remedy and to find ways to keep all children reading, engaged, and keeping their minds fresh and lively and learning during the summer months."
Mayor Richard Moccia said "We are going to keep moving forward with these programs. I am a big devote in early childhood education at all levels, not just from the reading point of view. From healthcare and year round contributions to our young people."