Sunday was the official end to the 18th Congressional District Summer Reading Program. Schock started off the celebration by reading a book to a crowd of eager children and their parents.
Eighty schools and nine libraries participated. Combined, the students read more than 4,500 books over the course of the summer.
"We get a lot of feedback from school teachers who say thank you for doing this summer reading program because we can tell the kids that participated. When they come in September they're much quicker," Schock said.
The kids were rewarded with a party. It had face painting, bouncy castles and free food. Schock said the program grows every year.