Classrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year complete. It’s officially summertime, and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom.
But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer, the outlook isn’t always so sunny. While their more affluent peers may be visiting libraries, attending summer camp and reading their favorite stories every night, kids in need often spend the summer months without access to books and learning opportunities.
Over the years, those months add up – by the end of 5th grade, kids from low-income families are nearly three grades behind their peers in reading skills.
Studies show that kids’ reading skills improve when they have access to books over the summer – and this is especially true for kids in need. In fact, children who are given access to books over the course of three summers perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without.
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