Compo Pierce launches ‘Soar into Summer’ reading initiative

News release

WATERTOWN, NY —   Councilwoman Sarah Compo Pierce is announcing her “Soar Into Summer” reading initiative, an effort aimed at encouraging literacy amongst young people in our community.

Through “Soar Into Summer,” frisbees with the program logo will be placed at 100 locations throughout the City of Watertown. If a frisbee is found, children, with help from their parents, are asked to:

  • Post a photo of the frisbee, with the name of the location of where it was found on Facebook, along with the name of a book they’ve read this summer.

  • In the post, tag the “Councilwoman Sarah Compo Pierce” Facebook page.

  • Send a message to the “Councilwoman Sarah Compo Pierce” Facebook page with the name and address of the reader who found the frisbee.

  • Those who follow the above steps will be sent a gift certificate for a FREE ice cream cone from Frosty’s.

“When school isn’t in session, it’s so important that children continue to make reading part of their daily routine,” said Councilwoman Compo Pierce. “Doing so will help keep literacy skills sharp, continue to expand your child’s imagination and ensure that when school resumes, they’re ready to pick up right where they left off. I hope my “Soar Into Summer” initiative is not only fun for children, but also encourages them to develop a lifelong love of reading.”

Decades of research indicate children lose, on average, one month of instructional knowledge over summer break. Over time, it is estimated that children in middle school who have experienced summer learning loss may have lost as much as two years of reading achievement. Regular reading can help prevent this loss of skills, which is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.”

In addition to her “Soar Into Summer” reading initiative, Councilwoman Compo Pierce encourages children and families to check out other reading programs, including the following:

Flower Memorial Library Summer Reading Program:



New York State Senate Summer Reading Program: