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Read to the Races Summer Reading Challenge provides FREE access to a digital library of thousands of books. Students may access these books online by entering the username and password listed below. 


DCPS Log In Link HERE or copy and paste this address in your browser:


Student username: (school's initials: see below)

Student password: books


School                                    Username

Audubon                                 AES

Burns Elementary                   BES

Country Heights                     CHES

Deer Park                               DPES

East View                               EVES

Highland                                 HES

Meadow Lands                      MLES

Sorgho                                   SES

Southern Oaks                      SOES

Tamarack                              TES

Valley School                         VES

West Louisville                      WLES

Whitesville                             WES


The program does not require students to enter any other identifying information. 


“Read to the Races” Summer Reading Challenge


The National Center for Transformational Leadership Strategies (NCTLS) is helping Renaissance Learning promote an important learning opportunity for Kentucky students. The groups are combining our state’s signature event, the Kentucky Derby, with the opportunity for students to receive a digital library at home for summer reading enrichment. According to district literacy instructional coach Dr. Angela Gunter, the “Read to the Races” Summer Reading Challenge pilot program will provide free access to the MyON digital library to all DCPS elementary students. MyON provides a wide variety of books and articles to match students’ interests and reading abilities. The digital platform includes audio, an embedded dictionary, and other reading tools to help students who may need extra support. Content can be accessed in English, Spanish and additional languages. Students can even download digital books to read offline.


DCPS students may access the digital library at any time, but from June 1 to Aug. 31, DCPS students’ reading times will be compared with reading times of other districts that have also been invited to participate, and the schools with the highest number of reading hours will be recognized in a variety of ways. Students can log on to the Daviess County link and enter their school name, and MyON will keep up with reading times. “NCTLS and Renaissance are still building the program, but eventually the Derby partners hope to provide big prizes for the winning schools,” Dr. Gunter said. “We are in on the ground floor as they're developing this project. It is pretty exciting! It is free, no obligation, and no extra work on our part. We just need to make students and parents aware of the opportunity.”


DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins was delighted that the district had been invited to participate in this program. "I was thrilled to receive this special opportunity for our students and Dr. Gunter is the key player that made this happen,” Robbins said. “We know that reading is fundamental and essential to a child's growth and success. This opportunity will provide our students with books that both grow their knowledge and reach out to their area of interests.This also occurs over the summer period where students can accelerate their learning in a fun and unique way with the opportunity to earn prizes as a reward. We express our gratitude to Renaissance and Kentucky Derby as partners in making this happen for DCPS students and families!" 


All DCPS elementary library media specialists have been provided with the log on information and will be sharing it with students and families. 


Brittney Dukes, library media specialist at Meadow Lands Elementary School, considers how the opportunity will fit into her current summer reading offerings: “At the end of every school year, I am always looking for ways to promote summer reading with my students, whether it is through the Daviess County Public Library Reading Program, a Reading Bingo, etc.,” she said. “Read to the Races is a great way to get students involved in reading over the summer! They will have access to thousands of digital books and students will be able to read about topics that interest them. With a little competition between the schools involved, it gets students even more excited about reading! I am excited to share this reading opportunity with my families.”


Whitesville Elementary School library media specialist Elaine Howard works every day to foster a love of reading among her students. Howard said, “I was excited to hear about this opportunity, and I plan to share this with our Whitesville families. I am always looking for ways to encourage summer reading with our students, and I think this program will generate an interest in reading and books. We all know summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. I like the idea of having a district wide competition to get our students excited about reading this summer and to make reading fun!”


Contact our DCPS elementary media specialists or Dr. Gunter for more information. You may also visit the Read to the Races webpage for more information:


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