Summer learning loss is something that happens when school is out for the summer months and young minds sit idle. It accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by Grade 9. The good news? We can close the gap and help students stay on track even when they're out of school. We need to make sure our kids have access to enriching activities and reading, an adult to help them improve their math and reading skills, as well as a balanced diet which will help them focus. Here's what you can do locally to help combat summer learning loss:
- Volunteer. We have many opportunities that become available for volunteers of all ages. Opportunities that can include our area youth such as: cleaning up parks, fixing up lawns for our area senior citizens, and more. Be sure to visit our Volunteers United platform to get registered and stay notified of local opportunities to give back.
- Enroll a child in a summer reading contest. Most libraries have a free summer reading program with prizes and rewards for children who read throughout the summer.
- Donate toys, books, puzzles and board games to the area libraries and out of school programs.
- Tell Congress to protect funding for summer school and after school programs.
- Spread the word about summer learning loss. Share these tips for creating or finding enriching summer learning opportunities.
Maintaining and sharpening reading and math skills in the summer months is one of the best things we can do to help all children grow and thrive. Give us a call at 507-455-1180 if you're currently seeking opportunities to give back to our area communities.