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Make Reading a Summertime Priority

Make Reading a Summertime Priority

The “summer slide” is a real thing that happens each year. Studies show that children can lose up to three months of learning over the summer, when young minds sit idle during the 10 weeks that school is out.

And with children this year having their traditional learning environments in upheaval due to the coronavirus pandemic, we need to nurture them more than ever in an effort to combat the summer slide.

If the next few months return to summer as we know it, Brevard’s beaches, playgrounds, parks and pools will be bustling with the sound of happy kids, and by mid-June, the thought of school and homework will be a distant memory. So it’s important for them to take time to read during the summer months.

This year, students in Brevard County public schools will have access to the Sora Summer Reading program (, which offers a collection of age/grade appropriate books for easy, quick and unlimited access via the Sora app. Students also will have 24/7 access to all eBooks and audiobooks titles in the “Brevard” collection of the Sora app, and they also can input their public library card to have entrée to even more titles. 

How does Sora work?

Students can log in through Launchpad and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Get started today:

  • On Launchpad, open the BPS Sora app
  • At the bottom of the page, click setup code and enter brevardfl or download the free Sora app for Android or iOS. 
  • Enter setup code and login information 

Username is ID, password is your school’s computer login password.

Additionally, Brevard Public Schools and United Way are partnering for the eighth year in an effort to avoid the "summer slide."

Students are challenged to read between eight and 10 books over the summer. Those who meet that goal are rewarded with an ice cream party provided by United Way in the fall. A “Summer Reading Challenge” brochure is distributed to all pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade students that provides ideas and links to resources designed to engage young minds during the summer months.

“Just reading with your kids during the summer is so incredibly invaluable," said Shannon Daly, principal of Manatee Elementary in Viera. "For our students to be successful in life, we want them to have a solid basis and a love of literacy.”

Parents can contact their school’s media specialist or check out the school district’s Summer Reads webpage regarding Sora and other summer reading services available for their child.

— Brevard Public Schools


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