Umatilla students are participating in a Summer Reading Olympics this year by taking advantage of free books on computers and mobile devices.

In Umatilla, all students are assigned a login when they enroll. That information remains the same from kindergarten through high school and is used for any program associated with the school.

This summer, students can use that login at www.myOn.com to select and read free chapter and picture books online.

“What’s really neat about this program is they have access to thousands of books for free,” Umatilla School District superintendent Heidi Sipe said. “They can read these books from any kind of mobile device or computer, and it allows the kids to read the books on their own or choose to have them read to them.”

The books range from pre-K early readers through eighth-grade level, and because of an existing relationship with the vendor, the new program is free to all students in Umatilla County this summer. The company has also opened limited viewing to anyone in the county.

Any community member can log in to the website — www.myOn.com — and try out the program by selecting the Umatilla School District and entering username “ESD” and password “ABC” on the welcome screen.

For Umatilla School District students, the program has an added benefit. Students can compete to win an iPod, Kindle Fire or other prizes, all courtesy of the company.

Sipe and other district officials will monitor the student activity over the summer.

“As of last night, kids in Umatilla alone had read well over 1,000 books, and that was in less than two weeks,” Sipe said June 15. “One little girl had already read 24 books. She’s sitting down and reading a few books every day. It’s an amazing opportunity.”

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