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United Way works to combat Summer Reading Loss

This summer, United Way is working hard to minimize the loss of learning that occurs when young minds sit idle. Summer reading loss is very real. Studies show that children can lose one to three months of learning over the summer. Many parents are not even aware of the negative impact of summer learning loss.


To combat the ‘summer slide’, United Way launched three programs to help kids over the summer – United Way’s Feed and Read program which provided nutrition, mentoring, and free books to low income children during the summer school break and a summer learning loss awareness campaign and free access to thousands of digital books on myON for all elementary school children in Brevard.

Summer Reading Loss Awareness Campaign
Brevard Public Schools and United Way also teamed up on an initiative to promote the importance of reading over the summer.  This summer marks the fifth year United Way of Brevard has partnered with Brevard Public Schools to launch an aggressive awareness campaign to help parents understand the devastating effects of summer learning loss. The awareness campaign was two-pronged. The first priority was to ensure parents, especially those of elementary aged school children, understand why it is so critical to keep kids reading over the summer. The second goal, which was just as important, was to keep kids reading over the summer.

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Campaign elements included awareness brochures delivered to all VPK – 5th grade students that include simple activities to keep kids interested in reading as well as tips and resources for helping kids become readers. Plus we’ve added an incentive to help encourage reading over the summer. Kids at Brevard Public Schools who read the required number of books and turn in results to their school will earn an ice cream party. The campaign also includes an 10 week multi-media awareness campaign to include: radio, tv, facebook, billboards and print advertising. 

Click here to see the Summer Slide brochure! 

Access to thousands of Digital Books

UW_SummerSlideMagnet17_Scientist.jpgThrough partnership with myON and Title One, all elementary school students in Brevard have access to thousands of e-books on myON.com this summer. Students can simply go to myON.com and enter their school and use your 7 digit student number as the username and password! (United Way also produced magnets for student reminding them of how to access myON.)

www.myOn.com

 

 

 



 Why our work on reducing the Summer Slide is so important:

To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. 

According to Reading is Fundamental, low-income children and youth experience greater summer learning losses than their higher-income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance over the summer months. Low-income students experience an average summer learning loss in reading achievement of more than 2 months. 

Summer learning loss contributes to the achievement gap in reading performance between lower- and higher-income children and youth. Research demonstrates that while student achievement for both middle- and lower-income students improves at similar rates during the school year, low-income students experience cumulative summer learning losses over the elementary school grades. 

What happens to students over the summer:

 


 

What we did last summer:

United Way and Brevard Public Schools joined forces to combat Summer Reading Loss

 

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I read. You read. We all read for ice cream.

 

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United Way and BPS Join Forces, Combat Summer Reading Loss
Students reading doubles over last summer!

As summer comes to an end, United Way and Brevard Public Schools are celebrating elementary aged children who stepped up to read over the summer as part of the summer learning loss awareness campaign. This summer, 3,484 students at 61 elementary schools read as part of a summer reading contest. That’s double the number that participated last summer. Students are celebrating their success with ice cream parties sponsored by United Way.

Manatee Elementary had the most student participation with 182 students completing the reading challenge. “I am truly impressed by our students’ determination to improve their reading and continue to learn over the summer,” states superintendent of Brevard Public Schools, Dr. Desmond K. Blackburn. “Their efforts to combat summer learning loss will be rewarded with their continued academic success.”

According to Rob Rains, United Way of Brevard President, “This summer marks the fourth year United Way of Brevard has partnered with Brevard Public Schools to launch an aggressive awareness campaign to help parents understand the devastating effects of summer learning loss. To combat the ‘summer slide’, United Way promoted three programs to help kids this summer - Feed and Read, myON and an incentive to help encourage reading over the summer. Brevard Public Schools students who read 8 to 10 books depending on their grade level and turn in results to their school earned an ice cream party.”

United Way’s Feed and Read program provided 16,580 food packs, mentoring, and 20,400 free books to 3,680 low income children during the summer school break. In partnership with Capstone and Title 1, elementary school students in Brevard also had access to thousands of e-books on myON.com where over 5,500 students read 56,860 books over the summer. The final program element was and 11 week long summer learning loss awareness campaign. Campaign elements included awareness brochures delivered to all VPK – 5th grade students that include simple activities to keep kids interested in reading as well as tips and resources for helping kids become readers. It also included an 11 week multi-media awareness campaign to include: radio, TV, Facebook, billboards and print advertising.