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Literacy Jam aims to encourage South Bend student to continue reading during summer break

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The winning team of the Literacy Jam took home Kindle Fires The winning team of the Literacy Jam took home Kindle Fires
The school year may be over, but that doesn't mean children have to stop reading. That was the goal of the Literacy Jam which was held in South Bend on Saturday afternoon.

The year long project began by giving out over 1,000 free books to South Bend children. The goal was to encourage children to read at least one book during the summer. It was held by the South Bend Chapter of Indiana Black Expo. Children gathered at the Charles Martin Youth Center to compete in a trivia contest on the books they read.

"We want reading to be fun. We don't want children to lose the gains that they've made throughout the year,” Co-Chair of the Literacy Jam Rose Clark said. “This was an opportunity for us to continue their learning throughout the summer."

A tie breaker round was held to determine the winner. Prizes given out included gift certificates to bookstores for the second and third place team members. The winning team members took home Kindle Fires.

This was the first year the Literacy Jam Contest was held. Clark says she has spoken with the South Bend Community School Corporation to discuss expanding the reading program to reach more students.

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