During the school year, Mansfield ISD asks students to independently read books of their choice. With this in mind, and in an effort to promote a passion for reading, MISD recommends that students continue to read over the summer months. Athletes, musicians, and dancers know that if they did not practice their skills for several months, their skills might diminish. The same applies to reading. Research shows that if you do not read for several months, you lose some of your skills.