Race to Read is increasing reading this summer, one link at a time

(Rapid City, SD) –School's out and it's time to break out the swim suits and BOOKS! Yes, books! This year, Black Hills Reads is introducing the first annual Race to Read event, a summer-long event to encourage summer reading.

With each book read, a participant fills out a paper link to represent that book. During the months of June and July, participants have a chance to read as many books as possible. The organization or business will put all the links together to show the impact of reading in their organization.   

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 25th at Memorial Park in Rapid City, all participating entities/individuals will put their chains together to represent the books read as a one community. The Mayor and Superintendent will be in attendance to address the community during the event! After the speech, the participants will join together and do a short ‘parade’ to display the links.  

 “The saying goes ‘Up until 3rd grade, a child is learning to read, after 3rd grade children read to learn’ – so help us make sure the youth in Rapid City get there in a fun and exciting way! We hope you can make it out to the event!”, says Kayla Klein, Black Hills Reads Director.

Many summer youth programs and a corporate entity will be joining Black Hills Reads in the ‘Race to Read’ event, including: The Club for Boys, Girls Inc., Youth & Family Services, Rapid City Public Library, Black Hills Energy and the YMCA of Rapid City. If your organization is interested in participating in the event and challenge, please contact Kayla Klein at 605-343-5872.

About Black Hills Reads

Black Hills Reads is an initiative under the United Way of the Black Hills umbrella.  Black Hills Reads focuses on helping children reach reading proficiency by 3rd grade. They are the backbone organization that is bringing together partners across sectors to create a greater collective impact on early childhood reading proficiency and make sustainable results.