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SHINING BRIGHT: The Importance of Summer Reading

Summer break is here, and with it comes more free time for students. While it's tempting to spend these months glued to screens, it's essential to encourage meaningful and productive activities. One of the best alternatives? Reading!

How Summer Reading Helps Kids:

  1. Retain Knowledge: Reading over the summer helps students retain the knowledge they gained during the school year. It prevents the "summer slide" where students can lose up to three months of academic progress.

  2. Polish Skills: By continuing to read, students polish their reading, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. It's a great way to stay mentally sharp and prepared for the next school year.

  3. Increase Literacy Skills: Reading regularly improves vocabulary, grammar, and overall literacy skills. It exposes students to new ideas and perspectives, broadening their horizons.

  4. Foster Creativity: Engaging with different genres and stories sparks creativity and imagination. It allows students to explore new worlds and ideas from the comfort of a book.

Tips for Parents to Encourage Summer Reading:

  • Start a Family Book Club. Choose a book the whole family can read together and discuss. It's a fun way to bond over literature.

  • Dedicate Bedtime for Reading. Encourage reading before bedtime as part of the nightly routine. It's a calming way to end the day.

  • Set Screen Time Limits. Balance screen time with reading time. Set limits on devices and encourage reading as an alternative.

  • Visit the Library. Take regular trips to the library and let your children choose books that interest them. The library offers a wealth of options for all ages.

  • Lead by Example. Let your kids see you reading for pleasure. Show them that reading is enjoyable and a valuable use of time.

Summer reading isn’t just about keeping up with academics; it's about fostering a lifelong love for learning and discovery. Encourage your child to dive into books this summer, and watch as their minds grow and imaginations soar.


The Louisiana Department of Education has released a series of activities that families can do at home to build literacy skills. These one-page resources are organized by age groups and offer ideas for customized, fun, simple literacy activities. 

Grab & Go Activities

Helpful Websites


Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program

Tutoring Program

Does your K-5th grade child need reading help? Assistance may be available! The Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program provides $1,000 digital vouchers to eligible students for literacy support.

Visit the site below to find out if your student is eligible and how to apply!

If you need your child's unique ID or test score information, please contact your child's school. 

If you have any questions regarding the Louisiana Tutoring Initiative, please contact 877-390-0556 between 7am and 4pm Monday – Friday (CST) or contact us on

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Partners in Literacy. Read Together, Lead Together. Tangipahoa Parish School System.

TPSS is on a mission to increase the literacy skills of our children!

Tangipahoa Parish School System aims to find creative, innovative, and encouraging ways to provide more literacy exposure to our elementary age children. We are committed to helping our local businesses discover the best ways that they can make the largest impacts on nourishing the early literacy development of the children in our community.



Make a positive, lasting impact in your community.

Tangipahoa Parish School System is calling on all Tangi businesses to join our mission of having every child in our parish read on level by the third grade. Currently, only 46.1% of the students in our parish are considered on-level for literacy. Each day, TPSS strives to increase that number.

As a Partner in Literacy, you have the opportunity to provide resources, support, and encouragement to the students in our parish, making a difference in their lives. 

If you are a business owner in Tangipahoa Parish and are interested in becoming a Partner in Literacy, fill out the form above and a team member will contact you soon.

We Appreciate Our Partners in Literacy!

Kiwanis Club and Key Club of Ponchatoula, Louisiana Gerald Sticker for Sheriff
Fine Finds Connect Legacy Hospice
ELOS Environmental, LLC Hancock Whitney
GMG Southern Properties Personal
Tangipahoa Chamber of Commerce Kim Coates
Real estate agent - self employed Encore Event Center
Chappapeela Sports Park Hancock Whitney
2Jump Fleur De Lis Law & Title
Wanda J's Alterations Giving Transformation
Cate Street Seafood Station City of Hammond Recreation Department
Cate Street Seafood PGM &Community Development Corporation
Parker Layrisson Law Firm Dreammakers Home Builder’s
Woodland Park Baptist Church Transformational Care
CRP Mentorship B.J. Ginn Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.
La Carreta Downtown Ponchatoula Dyslexia Institutes America-Florida Parishes
2jump Rapture Firearms
Rotary Club of Amite Kev Kre8tive
Chehardy Sherman Williams Sign Gypsies of Hammond
Royal Nutrition LSU AgCenter
NextHome Real Estate Professionals Organization to Elect Joyce Jackson
Gene's Greenhouses Tangipahoa Parish Assessor's Office
CRP Mentorship, Inc North Tangipahoa Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
Walmart Distribution Center 6057 Courage To Save CPR Training, LLC
Mikey Doucet- CretinTownsend Homes Star Academy
Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow New Beginners, Inc
Tangipahoa Parish Fair Southern Roots Dyslexia Therapy LLC
Gabriel Building Supply Kre8tive Solutions LLC
Northshore Technical Community College KitScy Foundation (KSF)
Home Instead Cutting the Pattern
Smile Doctors Braces by DN Orthodontics Bora Media LLC
The Tangi Times  




Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


We need your help to fund the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Southeast Louisiana.

The Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to children from birth to age five, free of charge, through funding shared by local community partners in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.

Through United Way, we are able to give back to create a better, stronger community with opportunity for all.


Make a Contribution

Please make sure to select Tangipahoa Parish as the receiving organization. Thank you for your Literacy Partnership!

“I’m so excited to share that Louisiana is kicking off their statewide expansion, and I want to personally thank the Governor and First Lady or leading the way of bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Louisiana,” says Dolly.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read or write, Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 2.5 million free books each month to children, regardless of the family’s income.

Linda Baker
Literacy Coordinator

985 - 748 - 2536