When the school year ends, children in high-poverty environments struggle not only with basic needs like healthy food and safe places to spend their days, but with losing precious time during the summer months to continue their learning. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: by the fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers. (National Summer Learning Association Website) The “summer slide” is what often happens to disadvantaged children during the summer months. They tread water at best or even fall behind, while higher-income children build their skills steadily over the summer months. (National Summer Learning Association Website)
United Way, in partnership with Raising Readers, is addressing the serious issue of the “summer slide.” Our “Summer Slide Book Drive” works to raise awareness about summer learning loss along with putting books in the hands of young readers via the Little Free Libraries. Included with the books is a “Summer Slide Bookmark” for children to mark off the books they’ve read over the summer.
Link to LFL information. (/littlefreelibraries)
Link to PDF of summer slide bookmark