This post was sponsored by our partners at The Shops at Norterra.
Studies show that reading and literacy skills decline rapidly during the summer months for school-aged children. This can become troublesome at the start of the school year for students who did not read anything over the course of their break. The Shops at Norterra is stepping up to do something preventative and fun to promote summer reading.
Beginning on May 27th and running through August 5th, children ages 5-14 are encouraged to read a minimum of 10 minutes a day. Those who do will be rewarded with amazing prizes from different restaurants and stores throughout the shopping center. At the 100 minute mark, readers who’ve documented the book title and amount of time spent reading each day will be provided with prizes ranging from a free doughnut from Fractured Prune, a free drink from Elevate Coffee, to a free small smoothie from Jamba Juice… and the rewards don’t stop there!
Kids who continue reading and hit the 200 minute mark will then get to choose from cool items like a kid’s meal from Pita Jungle, a kid’s meal from Buffalo Wild Wings, or even a candy apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The prizes can be redeemed at the management office at The Shops at Norterra, or better yet, at any of the Summer Nights events taking place in Suite 1145 from 6-8 p.m. beginning on May 27th.
The first event will be beach-themed, featuring Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Funergy will be hosting the activities along with Live 101.5 FM. There will be games, music, prizes, giveaways and so much more!
The second event takes place on July 1st and is red, white and blue themed for the 4th of July weekend. Captain America and Wonder Woman will be there in full force to meet children and take photos with them.
The last event, wrapping up the summer reading program and Summer Nights is going to be on August 5th. This bash will be Star Wars themed and feature Kylo Ren and Rey. There will be music, fun prizes and photo opportunities for all who attend.
The grand prize level of reading, 500 minutes, holds the most coveted prizes, including a Norterra gift card, a $25 Sauce Pizza & Wine gift card, or a free month of karate classes plus free uniform from No Limits Karate Academy!