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EIS book lovers worm through summer 

Photo by Abby Morris
Special Education teacher Ms. Stephanie Grajales looking through some books with Language Arts teacher Mrs. Kim Swenson.

Have you ever been bored during summer? Do you ever find yourself looking on Google for activities to do in summer? Reading might be the solution to your problems. Statistics show that over 60% of Edison Intermediate School students do not read for leisure in the summertime. However, reading is scientifically proven to be relaxing and beneficial for people of all ages.

Students that frequently read in the summer do not suffer from the “summer slide.” The summer slide is the loss of academic skills over long breaks. Research shows that 78% of students are affected by the summer slide. This includes two months of reading skills and two and a half months of math skills lost. 

Many students do not read in the summer and refuse to do it when their parents and teachers request them to. But, many students agree that they dislike reading because their teachers urge them to. Eighth grade student Maya Greenberg stated, “Teachers telling me to read makes me much more unmotivated. But when my friends tell me to read certain books it makes me want to read.”

Roughly 37% of sixth graders, 23% of seventh graders and 69% of eighth graders read outside of school. This shows that as you grow up and gain new hobbies reading becomes more common in students. Most adults and teachers read frequently because they know the positive effects that it has! Statistics show that reading reduces stress very heavily (Piedmont Healthcare).

Language Arts teachers tend to read more than other teachers so they can recommend books to their students and add young adult books to the curriculum. EIS teachers don’t usually assign summer reading, but many honor class teachers do. Teachers have different opinions about whether assigning reading is motivating or not. Sixth and eighth grade Language Arts teacher Mrs. Ciampa stated, “Requiring students to read over is less desiring for them, but if you give them recommendations or set them a goal they could feel more motivated to read.”

If you would like book recommendations for the summer, you can check out this link for the latest young adult novels of 2024. If you want a list of classics that every teen should read, go to this link


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Abby Morris
Abby Morris, Writer
Abby Morris is an eighth grader at Edison Intermediate School. She likes listening to music. Her favorite artists are Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Drake, Sza, Noah Kahan, Gracie Abrams and more. During the summer, Abby likes to go to the beach with her friends, tan by the pool, swim, go on bike rides during sunset, and drink pina coladas. Her favorite foods are pasta with butter and banana bread that her mom makes. In addition, if Abby could spend the day with a celebrity it would be Adam Sandler and his daughter Sunny. She would want to go to the beach and go on roller coasters with them. She is very excited to write for the Edison Insider.
Alexis Oriol
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Alexis is a writer for the Edison Insider. When she is not in school, she loves hanging out with friends. When she is with her friends, one of her favorite places to go to eat is Chipotle. She also enjoys playing many sports such as tennis and golf. When she is not playing sports, she loves watching reality tv on Netflix. Some of her favorite shows are 90 Day Fiance, Jersey Shore, and Love is Blind. She is very excited to start writing and sharing her work with you. 

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