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      Sam Houston Middle School introduces summer reading program

      Schools out for summer, and you would think that learning would be last thing on students minds. But some at Sam Houston Middle School are participating in a Summer Reading Program.

      This is the first year for the Summer Reading Program at Sam Houston Middle School. The program gives kids a chance to have something to keep them busy during the dog days of summer, while also keeping up with their studies. Pronews 7 is featuring the program in tonight's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

      Many school officials agree, families generally take that summer break as just that, a break from school and disregard keeping up with their studies. It's called, "the summer reading slide".

      "Students who don't read during the summer experience what we call the summer slide where their reading scores start to drop and we definitely want to keep our kids at the top of their game," Houston Middle School Librarian, Josh Wilson.

      Wilson came up with the idea for the Summer Reading Program with the theme being, "Steampunk". 120 kids are participating in the program, which gives students a chart to track their reading progress. "It's not the quantity of books instead its on hours. How many hours logged in," said Wilson.

      "I love coming to the library and I'm pretty much always here during the school year so I was like I'd like to come during the summer too," said 8th grader, Hope Demery.

      "Well I like to read and plus on top of that I'm a librarian aid so I can check a book in and out," said 9th grader, Donaven Henry.

      "I like the imaginary in a lot of books and how you can just imagine everything and how it takes you into a different world," said Demery.

      Students who complete 12 hours of reading will be entered into a drawing to win an iPod shuffle.