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Don't make us plead... come hear students read!

It’s a fact that kids who read grow up to succeed, because reading is the foundation of all learning. Whether you’re trying to figure out which bus to catch, what note comes next in the song you’re playing, how x is related to y (and why that matters) or getting an update on social media, you have to be able to read.
 
It’s also a fact that kids lose learning over the summer — a phenomenon called “summer slide” — when they don’t have opportunities to continue their learning. That’s why Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is launching a campaign to show MPS Strong is reading all summer long.
 
Generously funded by The Minneapolis Foundation and Generation Next, and in collaboration with many local partners, the MPS Strong Reads summer campaign focuses on preventing “summer slide” by making summer reading fun and easy for students. Through book giveaways, creative writing workshops, celebrity readings and more, MPS will provide families and partners with concrete ways to impact and improve reading results for students in their everyday lives. Join us Tuesday, May 22, for the campaign kickoff.
 
What: MPS Strong Reads campaign kickoff
When: Tuesday, May 22, 1–2 p.m.
1–1:30 p.m.: Free book fair for students hosted by Start Reading Now
1:30–1 :45 p.m.: Remarks by MPS Superintendent Ed Graff and student
1:45–2 p.m.: Questions and answers
 
Where:
Hmong International Academy
1501 N. 30th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
 
Learn about the MPS Strong Reads campaign and see a list of summer events where you can get free books, participate in fun activities and more at mpls.k12.mn.us/read.
MPS Strong Reads Partners
 
Hennepin County Library
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Children’s Defense Fund
East Side Neighborhood Services 
Generation Next
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
The Minneapolis Foundation 
Minnesota Literacy Council
NorthPoint Health
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Reading Partners
Start Reading Now