HISDís Summer Reading Program
What is the Millionaire Club?
The Millionaire Club is a coordinated effort by the Departments of Library Services and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to keep HISD students reading over the summer months. The title came from the reading goal that was set: 200,000 HISD students reading 5 books over the summer for a total of one million books!
Why are we doing it?
The Millionaire Club is one way that HISD is addressing the phenomenon known as "summer slide" or "summer loss". Research conducted by James Kim (2005) shows that the reading skills of lower income students can improve over the summer if they are able to select and read books at their interest and reading level. The chart below dramatically shows the result for these children if they do not continue to read over the summer.
Source: Fairchild, R. McLaughlin, B. & Brady, J. (2006). "Making the Most of Summer: A Handbook on Effective Summer Programming and Thematic Learning." Baltimore, MD: Center for Summer Learning.
How does the Millionaire Club work?
- Principals designate the librarian or other faculty member to be the Summer Reading Program Coordinator who will communicate and coordinate the program.
- Summer Reading Program Coordinator displays Millionaire Club banner and ensures that all communications (i.e. reading logs and brochures) are given to students or sent home to parents.
- Each campus will complete a Summer Reading Campus Commitment form, describing the campusí plan for demonstrating and confirming that summer reading was accomplished by their students as well as plans for fall celebrations of reading.
- Students should select and read a minimum of 5 books over the summer months. They fill out the Reading Log which they receive in May. When they return to school in the fall, they will return their log in order to be eligible to receive recognition of participating in the Millionaire Club.