Carl Cozier Elementary School’s library media specialist, Katy Ackerson, is leading a free summer reading program to provide books for students over the summer. Ackerson applied for a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant to fund the innovative program. Ackerson was one of 70 educators across the country who were awarded one of these grants. The grants are intended for programs that impart a love of learning.

Ackerson said she wanted to start this summer reading program to provide an opportunity for students to have access to books in the summer.

“I hear from a lot of our students that they can’t get to the public library in the summer, so we are partnering with the public library to bring books to them,” said Ackerson.

The program will be hosted at the Regency Park Apartments conference room beginning July 11. The program includes read aloud time, art project time, a public library book check out and lunch provided by Bellingham Public Schools. Ackerson said that borrowing books from the public library is free and parents will need to be available to sign kids up if they don’t have a for a library card if they don’t have one. Parent or guardians need to accompany their child(ren) to the program. All Carl Cozier students are welcome to attend.

The program will be Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from July 11 to August 8 at Regency Park Apartments, 2050 Fraser St.

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