Parents are often concerned that their kids will forget everything they learned in school during the summer. ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste’ and ‘an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ These are quotes and English proverbs that have been shared for generations. But are all very true especially for young people, such as preteens and teens. In Phoenix, outdoor activities are not enjoyable or desirable for all kids. Watching TV is not the alternative for their parents, however. Local valley businesses are coming to the rescue for the kids’ minds and parents budgets too.
Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program that allows children to earn 1 free book after they read 8. That is an awesome deal for the parent on a budget. As well, if parents buy 2 Judy Moody books, they earn a free tote bag. Borders is hosting a similar event if children 12 and under read 10 books, then they can earn 1 for free. Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange, located in Phoenix and Mesa, has a kid’s club for readers and an incentive program as well. For students learning to read, write and comprehend, they offer 1 free book for every 10 books read, if the child completes a book report. This is a great way for parents to keep those ‘idle minds’ busy during the summer.
Teenagers are a little bit more difficult to bribe or persuade to read during the summer. But Chandler Public Library has a great motivator. For every 16 hours of reading time, students are invited to a Chipotle Wrap party. Plus, they are entered into a drawing to win a laptop, Nintendo 3DS, X-Box Kinect Bundle, or $250 Visa gift card. How amazing is that for the summer budget? The kids learn, tax dollars feed them, and provide gifts that save the parents money. While schools are experiencing budget cuts, this is a great way to encourage a child to learn what the schools cannot afford to teach. Other great reading programs with gift incentives are also being offered at Phoenix Public Libraries, Maricopa County Libraries, and Pima County Libraries. Tempe Library hosts youth and adult reading programs. The adult program offers gifts to the first 200 registrants, as well as additional gifts for books that are read.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. But thanks to local businesses, it does not have to be wasted any more in the summer. These programs are great for traditional, public, private and homeschooled children. Reading never hinders a child’s mind, but always opens new doors for the imagination. The sky is the limit for the imagination once the first page is turned. Enjoy reading and learning this summer! For more information visit:
Arizona Shopping Secrets: 2011 Summer Reading Programs