Reading takes center stage at summer camps

Through the Summer of Learning, an initiative to link city and private resources and provide more summer enrichment activities for children and teens, Chicago Park District summer camps are emphasizing reading along with traditional camp activities. Every summer day camp is expected to implement 20 minutes of reading daily for each child, whether it’s reading on his or her own, or being read to by an adult.

Summer learning to earn ‘digital badges’

Students participating in Summer of Learning can earn a perk that the city and its partners hope will be an incentive: “digital badges” that can serve as a credential to show schools, potential employers and colleges that students have acquired various skills.