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Leaders in Learning: Treasure Valley program offers 'A Book and a Bite'

Each child who attends A Book and A Bite gets to choose a book to keep! (CBS 2 Staff).

A summer program in the Treasure Valley is on a mission to put books into the hands of every child.

It's called A Book and A Bite.

It's a free event aimed at preventing summer learning loss.

"We really want to get books in the hands of all the children," said Kasey Proctor, A Book and A Bite coordinator for Kuna. "We want to prevent the summer slide. We want to make sure kids are reading on a daily basis. There's a lot of research that shows kids reading 20-minutes a day will prevent that."

This is the event's second year.

They've held several dozen events throughout the Valley and have given out several thousand books.

On top of that, the program offers fun activities centered around STEM and a free lunch!

"It's great! It gets the kids out, active, and gets them new activities to do," said Heather Halverson, a mom of two. "They love books! This gives them one more excuse to read more."

A Book and A Bite is hosted through a partnership between Treasure Valley Education Partners (TVEP), Idaho Public Television, Cap Ed Credit Union, and Idaho Power.

There are a few more A Book and A Bite events happening in the Treasure Valley this summer:

  1. Tuesday, August 7th — Sacajawea Elementary (Caldwell) — 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, August 8th — Butte View Complex (Emmett) — 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  3. Thursday, August 9th — Reed Elementary (Kuna) — 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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