Olde Sawmill Elementary School staff members have taken to the streets to make sure their students are reading this summer.

This is the second year for the school's summer reading-van program, a mobile book-borrowing initiative run by volunteers. Begun in June, the program will conclude July 26.

At each stop, students may check out books over the summer and return books they've finished, said Annie Murphy, who works in reading recovery and reading support at Olde Sawmill and is co-chairwoman of the van program with Principal Martha Barley.

"We just wanted to make sure that our students were still having access to being able to read over the summer," Murphy said, especially those who might not have many books within their homes or library access.

The school holds a community-service drive each year, and families donate about a couple hundred books for the van program, Murphy said.

The van stops at various locations throughout the neighborhood every other Thursday, Murphy said. The children are excited to see their teachers and talk to them about what they are reading, she said.

Reading during the summer is important so students don't lose the literacy skills they learned over the school year, Murphy said. Data show many students regress in literacy development over the summer break because they don't have access to books, she said.

"This is giving the students in our community a chance to have access to the books," she said.

The books range in difficulty from young children's books to adult novels for parents who also would like to borrow books, Murphy said.

To let the community know where the van will stop, volunteers put signs out the day before the event, Murphy said. Typically, they arrive at their first stop by 5:30 p.m. and pack up to leave from their last stop at 7:30 p.m., she said.

At each stop, children can get popsicles along with books.

Dublin resident Karen Rogers said her kids James, 6, and Hudson, 4, are excited to visit the van and get books. James is going into first grade at Olde Sawmill.

The van is in a fun setting outside, and the children get to see their teachers over the summer, she said.

"I think it's a great program," Rogers said.

The stops and approximate times include:

* 5:30 p.m. -- Corner of Sonnington Drive and Sethwick Road.

* 6 p.m. -- Saltergate Road at Scofield Court.

* 6:30 p.m. -- Gardenview Place at Sutter Parkway.

* 7 p.m. -- Abbington Village.

For more information, visit dulinschools.net.

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