Summer Reading

at Bagdad Elementary School

Summer Read & Feed

Leander ISD and the Texas Department of Agriculture sponsored a summer food program to provide free meals for children ages 1-18 years old. The program was offered at seven different locations:

  • Bagdad Elementary School
  • Running Brushy Middle School
  • Rouse High School
  • Cedar Ridge Apartments
  • Cypress Creek Apartments
  • Twin Lakes Fellowship
  • First Baptist Church of Jonestown

The Summer Read & Feed was available June 8 through August 7, Monday through Friday. Breakfast was served from 9:30-10:30 am and lunch was served from noon - 1:00 pm. Families were not required to attend LISD schools or be residents of the apartment complexes. Anyone over 18 years old was allowed to purchase breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3.

Thanks to LEEF (Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation), boxes of donated books were delivered to Bagdad Elementary to hand out to families on Wednesdays during lunch. We had tables set up with elementary level books, middle school books, and high school books. Teachers, SRP teachers, and Librarians donated their time and encouraged families who came to eat lunch to take books home with them,

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Bagdad Summer Library

Many schools in LISD were offering students the opportunity to take home additional library books to read over the summer. I have had documented challenges with books loss over the past years so I tried to think of another way to provide books for my students over the summer.

I decided to open my library once a week on Mondays from noon to 1:00 pm (the same time they were providing lunches) for patrons to check out library books. Unfortunately, this didn't get approved until the end of the school year so I was not able to advertise as much as I wanted. I did print bookmarks that listed the dates that I would be open for checkout, and handed them out to families at lunch on the days that I was there.

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Data and Next Steps...

Even though I was only open for two Mondays in June, I had many students coming to check out books for a total of 99 checkouts! I was open for three days in July but things were a lot slower with only a total of 34 checkouts for the month. I was excited to see several families who came every week and sat in our reading nook and read to their children. Even though they did not check out books to take with them, I feel having the library open gave them additional opportunities to read.

I plan to offer this again this summer, but hope to advertise much sooner. I'd like to try and do a summer book club, but this idea is still in the planning stages.