Defeating the ‘summer slide,’ one book at a time in Morristown

Kids display their summer reading certificates at the Morristown Neighborhood House, July 2019. Photo by Hannah Rose Williams
By Hannah Rose Williams

Kids beat the heat this week by hitting the books at the Morristown Neighborhood House.

They also were there to defeat the “summer slide.”

Children in grades 2-8 were greeted by interns from the Short Hills office of KPMG, who came to encourage summer reading.

Over the summer months, kids tend to slack and forget some of what they learned during the last school year, a situation commonly known as the “summer slide.”

A KPMG volunteer at summer reading program with kids at the Morristown Neighborhood House, July 29, 2019. Photo by Hannah Rose Williams

Tanya Seaward, a volunteer at KPMG, said the company has donated books to 118 kids this summer at the Nabe. Monday was a celebration.

“Each kid gets a certificate of completion, we have some games for them to play, and some more books to drop off,” Seaward said.

Another KPMG volunteer, Nicole Floyd, said the program seeks to highlight “the importance of education and how it leads to countless opportunities.

“It’s also just a lot of fun, and shows that we really care about our neighboring communities, and that’s a really strong point that we stand for here at KPMG.”

Certificates rewarded each child for his or her summer reading minutes. The adults socialized with the kids over a pizza lunch.

“It’s a nice way to get out of the office, and make a difference,” said KPMG intern Shane Januik.

Company Recruiting Manager Jill Mychalcuk said she dropped off books at the Nabe in July.

“Now that we’re back here again, we’re just so excited to hear back from the kids about the books they read,” she said.

Correspondent Hannah Rose Williams is a rising sophomore at the Morristown-Beard School.

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