HISD Millionaire Club: Summer Reading Program

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Houston Independent School District and
The Department of Library Services.

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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?