Atlanta Public Schools is launching two initiatives this week designed to help students remain in learning mode while they enjoy their summer break.

The district’s Summer e-Reading Getaway and Tab2Read program will provide students with reading material throughout the summer to keep their minds engaged and sharp to prevent summer learning loss.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 will have access to more than 6,000 e-books, which they may access by going to the Summer e-Reading Getaway website and entering their unique user name and password. For those students without Wi-Fi or an internet connection at home, they can bring their mobile device to school so the media specialist can download books onto their device.

The program is linked to each individual student’s school data and will record how many books he or she reads and how much time they spent reading. Additionally, it will suggest books for the student to read that are on his or her reading level. Once the student completes a book, the program will suggest other books that may be slightly more difficult, in order to help them continue to improve their reading skills.

As part of Tab2Read, first grade students in APS will receive a tablet to support reading skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Students will have access to 16 literacy apps as well as have the ability to download eBooks.

Students will be able to take the tablet home at the end of the school year and are expected to read and explore the preloaded apps.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.