IMPERIAL — A newly introduced summer reading program at Imperial High School kept staff at the Imperial Public Library busy checking out books all summer long.
"Many students do not pick up a book at all during the summer break," Kathie Francis, chairwoman of the English department at Imperial High, said in a telephone interview Friday. "We wanted all our student body to keep up their reading skills during this long break. And so we came up with this program, which we named ‘Spending the Summer with the Classics,' as a way of encouraging that."
Other California high schools have implemented similar programs, Francis said.
Imperial High English teachers together created a list of books suitable for each grade level using the "California Reading List" as their guide. Each student was given a copy of the list at the end of the school year and a letter explaining the program was sent to students' homes.