LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Summer break is all about time away from school, but one group is going neighborhood to neighborhood to make sure students aren’t falling behind.
Northeast Christian Church has taken their summer reading program to the wall.
The kids, who met the group at Bowen Elementary on Friday, are quick to tell you every time the reading trailer comes to their part of town—it’s a great time.
"They let us play baseball and give us books, they give us little toys and all of that is fun for us,” Cole Hoffman, a student, said.
Fun is a big part of the “Love The Ville” summer reading program. But the main mission is to bring books back into the lives of these kids.
Northeast Christian Church Director of Marking David McKinley said, "Kids leave the end of the school year in a great place reading and then they leave for the summer and they aren't reading or aren't as engaged in it and they're a few steps behind."
After learning more about that trend, a group of volunteers got to work. They built a mobile reading trailer and then talked to the teachers about which neighbors need it most.
"There's something about being able to touch a young person's life and being able to say you can do this, you're amazing, you're awesome,” volunteer Sara Hayden said.
Building up Louisville's youngest generation through reading skills and confidence is exactly what this program is about.
"Little people- they are the whole future that we have,” Hayden said.
That’s why these volunteers say they are determined to give the little learners a gift that will keep them growing.
You can learn more about the summer reading program by visiting lovetheville.org.