Did you know, that on average, students can lose up to two months of reading skills over the summer? Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. We all cherish the notion of summer as a time of relaxation and fun, but it comes at a heavy cost to low-income students and the schools that serve them.
That’s why United Way of Wyoming Valley is investing in strategies that help address the underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those in low-income families, from learning to read proficiently.
At the United Way of Wyoming Valley, we’re working hard to address the challenge of the “summer slide” through unique and innovating programs and initiatives.
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United Way of Wyoming Valley has some exciting news about a special summer learning program for parents of young school children in our community. Our President/CEO Bill Jones has the scoop!
When teachers Tag Out for the summer, it’s time for parents to Tag In and keep kids reading during the summer months. Through United Way’s Tag In program our first priority is to ensure parents, especially those of elementary aged school children, understand why it is so critical to keep kids reading over the summer. Then, we strive to give children the resources they need to read. Students at Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s Kistler Elementary School are offered a free book fair using books collected from United Way’s Annual Children’s Book Drive to keep them interested in reading and learning all summer long. Kids who read the required number of books and turn in results to their school earn an ice cream party.
The TAG IN awareness campaign also shines a spotlight on Book FLIX, a free online literacy resource available through Scholastic Books and supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Book FLIX gives elementary school students across Wyoming Valley access to hundreds of e-books on http://www.powerlibrary.org/. All you need is your library card number! Students not only have access to hundreds of books but also films in English and Spanish!
View the TAG IN Flyer | CLICK HERE