Ready, Set, Read! Dallas Mayor Kicks Off Summer Reading Club

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DALLAS -- Summer break is coming in like a heat wave, so you know what that means for students in North Texas -- it's time to break out the books and read!

Well, that's the message Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is sending with his annual Summer Reading Club.

"What we do at City Hall is a lot of reading. It's important," Mayor Rawlings said to a room full of third grade students.

Tuesday was the kick-off for the eight-week program, which offers students of all ages free books, prizes, and interactive activities.

But... let's check out the non-fiction section: Do kids actually spend their time away from books to actually read? Or are their eyeballs glued to their phones checking out the latest online challenge?!

Don't believe us? Well, numbers don't lie ...

Common Sense Media just dropped some knowledge on how reading rates have decreased over the years. Their latest study shows only 33% of 13-year-olds and 45% of 17-year-olds say they read for fun --- and that's only once or twice a year!

NewsFix was able to find a few third graders who didn't think twice about taking the mayor up on his offer! We're just hoping more students can take a page out of their book.