Numerous local kids stayed busy over the summer reading. 325 signed up for the Lumberton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Lon Nickles, Director of the library said 7,000 books were checked out by kids this summer.
They were rewarded for their efforts on Saturday, August 5 at the Summer Program awards ceremony that was held at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center.
Each participant received an envelope including certificates for a free pretzel from Pretzelmaker, a cookie cake slice from Great American Cookie Company, ice cream from Dairy Queen and a personal pizza from Pizza Hut. Some lucky children also received Walmart gift cards.
There were some exciting gifts given to the raffle winners; Schlitterbahn tickets and a Kindle Fire.
The prizes are fun for the children, but the goal is to motivate them to read more during the summer.
Nickles says “By the time they reach sixth grade and are not reading over the summer, they will be two years behind the kids who did read over the summer.”