With thousands of York County schoolchildren off on summer break, the Rock Hill School District, city and York County Library system are teaming up to kick off summer reading efforts.
The effort means encouraging kids to read year-round to make the return to class in August easier.
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols said even with modern-day conveniences like iPads and computers, reading a good hard-back book still has its place.
“Rreading is a part of what we do in our existence,” Echols said. “The more we read, the better we read, the better we feel about ourselves.”
Echols said the summer reading efforts go well beyond two months a year — in that kids reading on grade level can have positive effects well on into the adult years.
Echols says he has a personal investment in promoting reading among children.
“I’ve got young grandchildren and we read to them all the time,” Echols said. “I think I can see in them some growth and development…and I see how excited they are about books and stories.”