IREAD Vacation School Report: Facilitating Access to Books During School Vacation
The primary goal of the program was to encourage and maintain iREAD students’ interest in reading by giving them access to books during their long school vacation, while minimizing the risk of lost devices due to the high student attrition rates. Students who chose to participate came and checked out their e‐readers and read in the classroom. Students signed in and out using a log book. Students who showed up to at least 12 of the 25 days of iREAD vacation school qualified to receive a credit on their e‐reader to buy books of their choice at the start of the school year.
The iREAD Vacation School program was a big success, with 181 student participants attending for a total of 1,004 days of student attendance. The average iREAD student attended for seven days, whereas the average non‐iREAD participant came for five. It was evident that the reading culture developed during the course of the first year of iREAD directly led to the success of iREAD Vacation School. The high level of participation was attributable to the already developed reading culture using e‐readers and related activities in these communities.