For the fourth straight year, the 200-plus students at Slackwood Elementary School, a pre-K-3 school in Lawrenceville, N.J., will send their students home with their choice of 12 books.

As part of the school’s “Summer Reading Initiative,” students not only avoid a “summer slide” where they don’t read, but they also get a chance to add to their home library.

Below is a question-and-answer session with the school’s principal, Jay Billy — with input from teachers Lisa Kapp, MaryEllen Wallauer, Pam DeRiso, Karen Formisano, Michelle Liwacz, Erin Cook and Cassandra Foehr — on how the program came to be and why it’s been so successful.

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