Reading is an essential part of a child's growth and more than 700 kids received the message this summer.
Kids who logged at least eight hours of reading at the Boys and Girls Club this summer were treated to a party earlier this week at Washington Park.
Just this summer alone, these kids have read a total of one hundred thirty-seven thousand minutes.
The goal is for kids to read through summer to avoid falling behind in school when classes begin.
This was the third year of the celebration.
Tim Postal, local McDonalds Owner explained why he brought the party to the park, “I firmly believe that a reading is just a fundamental to a person's success in life and this is my way of giving back. When I was a young kid, when I was in the 3rd and 4th grade I had some people that gave to me and taught me and got me excited about reading and to them I owe my success so this is how I give back."
One 5th grader told News 13 he read twelve books over the summer, he loves reading because books pull him into another world.