The following is a press release from the National Summer Learning Association
What happens when learning takes a vacation during summer break?
Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities hold our nation’s youth back – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading, and in life experiences like college and career exposure.
In fact, 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 students.
That’s why July 13 has been designated as National Summer Learning Day – an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer.
Led by the National Summer Learning Association, National Summer Learning Day unites the country in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups that intend to double last year’s goal and reach two million youth served.
National Summer Learning Association’s Smarter Summers, Brighter Futures website supports promotion of National Summer Learning Day with an events calendar, summer meals locator, and user-friendly resources for families, summer programs providers, and municipal leaders – all to help keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer break.
An art and essay contest on why summers matter kicks off the countdown to National Summer Learning Day for youth in grades K-12. National Summer Learning Association will also announce the 2017 recipients of the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Awards and launch the Smarter Summers, Brighter Futures national awareness campaign.