Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Vacation, Reading, Math & the Bowie Baysox

I read a recent article in the Washington Post about the effects of summer vacation on student math and reading skills. Most kids lose more than two months worth of math computational skills over the summer, and the effects on reading skills generally differ by the income level of the home.

The Bowie Baysox are working with area libraries to do their part. Sunday, July 26 is Summer Reading Night at Prince George's Stadium. The Baysox are taking on the Reading Phillies at 6:05pm. Fireworks will follow the game.

Students can earn free youth tickets to the game by participating in the 2009 Summer Reading Program through the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Activity sheets, reading logs and suggested reading lists are available at the library, including the Bowie branch.

Students can register on-line or in person. There are still plenty of tickets available as of June 16th, but tickets and other prizes must be picked up in person at the Bowie branch. I'm not sure if tickets are available at any other branch.

Discount tickets are available for family and friends by completing a special order form. I found a similar form on line from the Baltimore County Libraries, but you can also pick up a form at the library. The following information was also provided on the form:

Pre-game ceremony to honor all kids who participated in the Summer Reading Program. Plan to be in the ballpark at 5:15 by the carousel on the 1st base concourse. Ceremony will begin around 5:30.


  1. We LOVE the Baysox, even if we only get to a few games each year. We went to our first a couple weekends back (they were having a kids' concert before the game), and now my 3 year old calls it the "ice cream and carousel place." Who needs baseball? :)

    Thanks for leaving a comment over on my site. We have some great friends in Bowie, so we're over at their house quite a bit, but I have to admit that we don't know much else about the city. I'm planning on tooling around a bit on your site for some tips.

  2. We've had similar experiences at the Baysox games - it's all about the ice cream, popcorn, etc. The kids don't really notice the game, but they do like to run the bases.

  3. The Baysox rule. I have posted about them a couple of times on my blog, including one tonight.

  4. Dickster, I think your post captures the Baysox experience just right.