With summer right around the corner, United Way of Mesa County distributes books for free to children, in order to try and combat the “summer slide.”

“Summer slide” is when children forget information they have learned in school over the summer. According to officials with United Way, reading can help maintain some of their skills. “Read to them as much as you can, and read that book 300 times that they love. Just finding something that makes kid’s eyes light up in a book is so important, and it’ll last forever,” says Lindy Hodges, the Resource Development Manager for United Way.

The book drive ended up bringing in around 2,500 books.