As the 2022-23 school year winds to a close, Chicago Public Schools is launching its annual literacy and reading programs for students to continue learning during the summer months.
CPS and the Chicago Public Library on Tuesday announced the upcoming start of their summer literacy programming for students of all ages at schools and libraries across the city.
“Our summer literacy programming aims to ensure that our students sharpen their skills and, perhaps most importantly, address any challenges going into the 2023-24 school year,” CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said in a statement. “The summer months are the perfect time to reinforce skills learned during the previous year and prepare them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in life.”
CPS summer offerings, which begin June 26, include transition programs for kids entering high school, Summer Start — which offers high school grads a chance at up to $1,000 and college credits for taking additional summer courses — and career and technical education (CTE) summer camps.
A list of all CPL events for kids and teens is available here.
Students can instantly access books and other resources through the CPL’s 81 Club, which includes a library card for kids that can be used to access CPL and CPS resources.
“While summer is a time for students to recharge, this is also a great time to capitalize on the momentum students have built during the school year and to continue to engage in joyful, abundant reading opportunities,” CPS Literacy Director Jane Fleming said in a statement.
Summer programs will run through Aug. 4 at hundreds of CPS and CPL locations throughout every neighborhood in Chicago. The school district said families can also contact their school principals to find out about programs available at their specific school.
A list of CPS programming and registration can be found here.