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Edison comes together for literacy

By Cecilia Yeckley • Jun 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM

MILAN — Edison Local Schools is doing its part to fight the summer slide.

After working so hard throughout the school year, it’s common to lose a bit of the progress made when students go without academic engagement for several months.

Edison High School students kicked off their reading initiative on May 18 with their very first literacy night, “Reading Under the Lights.”

The event, hosted at Edison’s stadium, included five free books for each student who attended, as well as dinner and encouragement from the community heroes, high school aged “Super Reader Leaders,” and more.

The event may have been established for younger students, but it impacted its student volunteers in another way.

“We had a bigger turnout than we expected, which was an awesome experience for us student volunteers, and for the kids as well,” said Emily Vogus, an Edison’s Teen Leadership Corp. member and a volunteer reader for the event.

More than 800 people attended the event, which the district is hoping will propel students towards an excitement for reading over the summer and into the school year.

What’s next for Edison students?

The Milan-Berlin Library Summer Reading Program starts June 22. The Milan Library will offer a Touch-a-Truck Event from 11 to 1 p.m. at 19 East Church St. in downtown Milan to kick off the program.

Many community organizations are coming together to form the village it takes to raise the literacy of the town’s children, including the Erie County Community Foundation, Wightman-Wieber Foundation, NOMS, Teen Leadership Corp., Milan Rotary, Berlin Heights Kiwanis, Dominos, Edison elementary and middle school parent clubs, Milan-Berlin Library, and the Edison music and athletic boosters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Edison Teen Leadership Corps. student Riley Rospert contributed to this story.

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