Join education advocates across the nation for National Summer Learning Day on July 12, 2018. This special day is aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to learn and have a successful year.
Every year when the final school bell rings, millions of children need a place to spend their summer. While many children and youth participate in summer camps and other enrichment activities, lower income youth do not have access to the same opportunities, and suffer the sad reality of summer learning loss. In fact, statistics show that lower-income youth can lose months of grade level equivalency in mathematics and reading achievement, while their middle class peers gain (Cooper, 1996). The gaps in summer learning opportunities thus have the effect of even further widening the achievement gap.
How can I participate in National Summer Learning Day?
The quickest and easiest way to find all of the resources associated with National Summer Learning Day is to visit the website that NSLA has set up here. In addition to resources like “10 Tips for Celebrating Summer Learning Day,” you can also register events taking place to support summer learning or find events happening in your community. We would love to see even more Vermont events up on the map, so that we can better connect youth and their families with summer programs taking place in their communities.
Social media is always a fun and easy way to get involved, if you can’t host an event or participate in other ways. You can also follow the National Summer Learning Association’s Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, news, and resource related to summer learning.
And don’t forget to use these hashtags to mark your posts: #KeepKidsLearning #SummerMatters #SummerLearning