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Youth Asset Challenge #1: Reading For Pleasure

The Stoneham Coalition is challenging families to spend more time reading for pleasure this spring! "Reading for Pleasure" has been identified by the Search Institute as one of the 40 developmental assets that young people need to succeed and grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Have you ever been so engrossed in a book you stayed up late to finish it, or forgot to watch something on tv that you usually tune in for? That's the best part of reading!

While books are used by schools and teachers to instruct learning and prepare for tests, there is a tremendous value to young people in reading just for fun, which teaches them how to become more strategic, skilled readers. Reading for Pleasure is Asset 25 of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, and research shows that young people who read for pleasure at least three hours a week (that’s only about 25 minutes per day) exhibit more positive than negative values.

The challenge is..... to read at least 25 min per day just for fun! Take a photo or a video of your child (or you & your child) OR simply the book you are reading with the hashtag #empowerstonehamyouth and tag our Facebook Page (Stoneham Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Community) between 4/14/20 and 4/30/20 to be entered into a drawing to in a $25 gift card on 5/1/20 to Stoneham's "The Book Oasis". One entry per family please!

A few Tips:

  1. Set aside a regular "reading time" for your children, whether it is bed time or an afternoon "rest" time

  2. Create a cozy reading "nook" or a simple reading environment

  3. Look for a variety of reading material that is age appropriate and make it easily accessible around the house

If you are in need of new reading material for your elementary age child, please email us at admin@stonehamcolaition.org to "check out" a book with our book exchange program. 3 titles will be available to pick up at Robin Hood School on Tuesdays from 10am-11am. Books will be sanitized between families.

Happy Reading!

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