It may still be spring, but the summer reading program has been launched at Westfield High School. The Language Arts department teamed up with the School’s Community Service Club and library to host a series of events to encourage summer reading.

One of the events is a Summer Read-a-thon, a voluntary program in which students are encouraged to read. The signature book for the Summer Read-a-thon is a book selected to benefit a cause, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn. 

According to K-12 Language Arts Supervisor, Pamela Ackerman-Garcia, “The book discusses the importance of increasing opportunity worldwide to address issues such as poverty and lack of early childhood education.”

All proceeds from the Summer Read-a-thon will benefit the organization Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national non-profit, which makes books a routine part of pediatric care, and helps bring children’s books into the waiting rooms of pediatricians and the lives of young parents. Students also entered raffles in the library to win free copies of summer reading books featured in Westfield High School’s 2015 Summer Reading List.