INDIALANTIC, FL, Aug. 8, 2022 - On July 14, two Indialantic Elementary employees took to the streets to help students beat the “summer slide.” Amanda McCaughin, Library Media Specialist, and Kimberly Donovan, Literacy Coach, wanted a fun way to encourage their students to read over the summer.

According to the two elementary teachers, students have a tendency to backslide over summer break, since they are out of their normal routine. As children and families get busy with camps, activities, and vacations, reading may not happen each day, as it does during the school year.

Mrs. McCaughin and Mrs. Donovan thought what better way to get kids reading than to bring a little fun right to their neighborhood? They created a video and announced to the school’s families they would be coming through Indialantic neighborhoods on an ice cream truck handing out books, bookmarks, and yes, yummy treats!

Marie Darling, owner of Marie’s Sweet Treats Ice Cream Truck and BPS Partner in Education, donated her time (and ice cream!) to the cause, allowing the teachers to ride along the route with her. She said, “When [Mrs. McCaughin and Mrs. Donovan] told me they were going to promote summer reading, I was in.”

The truck started at the Indialantic Elementary car loop, stopped at several neighborhood clubhouses, and served approximately 150 students. Mrs. Donovan described the event as, “one of the most rewarding moments” she has had as a literacy coach.

Mrs. McCaughin explained that she struggled with reading as a young student and how that experience influenced her to become a teacher. She expressed the importance of creating experiences like this for her students, saying, “I hope the kids feel like they are wanted and needed at our school.”

In addition to this special surprise, Mrs. McCaughin, Mrs. Donovan, and other staff members provided students and parents with activities, websites, ideas, and book lists to help prevent summer slide.