The Music Compound’s popular Rock Your Summer Reading program has seen significant growth this year, with kids recording their readings and receiving special treats, cool items and unique experiences donated by area businesses for prizes.
Almost 80 children participated this year, registering over 1,700 pounds in total. As the number of books a child reads increased, so did the value of the prizes he could win.
With 27 people qualified for the grand prize drawing by reading over 50 books, 9-year-old Amber Rogers won a party for up to 25 people at Music Compound’s Cattlemen location. Rogers and his friends will enjoy karaoke, pizza, a bounce house donated by Let’s Jump Rentals, and $ 600 in treats donated by Kona Ice.
Rogers is a fourth grade student from Manatee County who participates in community home education groups Learning and Families and Classical Conversations. She enjoys art and plays football for the Braden River Soccer Club.
Her mother, Keischa Rogers, said Amber struggled as a first reader, but has since gained confidence. She said the Rock Your Summer Reading program was a great motivator for her to read whenever she had the chance. Amber was so excited about the program that she inspired her older brother to participate in the challenge as well.
“This program was very well planned with great motivators every step of the way,” said Keischa Rogers. “Visiting Music Compound has been an enjoyable experience and the staff are very friendly. Rock Your Summer Reading has really inspired my kids.”
The Music Compound is committed to educating throughout the year. In addition to hosting an in-person summer camp, the Music Compound launches the Rock Your Summer Reading initiative every year on June 1. The aim is to inspire children to read while providing the added benefit of leading families to businesses in the area.
To learn more about Music Compound, visit musiccompound.com.
Submitted by Sharon Kunkel