New Pinellas initiative incentivizes summer reading with movie passes, sports tickets and tablets
Pinellas County Schools may have found a way to steer kids from the "summer slide."
The school district has created an online system to help students from Kindergarten through 12th grade log their reading over the summer. Students who sign into www.pcsb.org/summerreading can log their reading for the week and enter in a weekly drawing for prizes. The district is still accepting contributions and donations for prizes, but movie tickets, sports tickets and tablets are among the goodies students can win.
A "book bus" will be visiting various sites hosting Summer Bridge classes, the district's summer school program, to deliver free books to students. Here is a schedule on where and when to catch the book bus:
June 28 — 9 to 11 a.m., Dunedin Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Sandy Lane Elementary School
June 29 — 9 to 11 a.m., Fairmount Park Elementary School; noon to 2 p.m., Bear Creek Elementary School
June 30 — 9 to 11 a.m., John Hopkins Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Maximo Elementary School
July 5 — 9 to 11 a.m., Pinellas Park Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Pinellas Park Elementary School
July 6 — 9 to 11 a.m., Bay Point Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Lakewood Elementary School
July 7 — 9 to 11 a.m., Tyrone Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Campbell Park Elementary School
July 12 — 9 to 11 a.m., Largo Middle School; noon to 2 p.m., Belleair Elementary School
July 13 — 9 to 11 a.m., Melrose Elementary School; noon to 2 p.m., Mildred Helms Elementary School