Kids Who Read Beat Summer Slide

Kids Who Read Beat Summer SlideFor kids, few moments in life are more glorious than the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. Hooray! Three whole months of sweet freedom!

But when school’s out, kids from low-income families have a real problem on their hands.

Unlike their more affluent peers, most of them don’t spend summer break at the library or reading books in the backseat on family trips. In fact, many of them won’t open a book until school starts up again.

Click here to helpThose three months off take a disastrous toll. Experts call the effect “summer slide” and it erases months of hard-earned progress in school, lost ground that kids in need can’t afford.

Books are the answer. Studies show that kids from low-income families fall behind an average of two months in reading while their middle- income peers tend to make slight gains.

You can help save a child from summer slide by putting books into her hands. Click here to help.

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2 comments on “Kids Who Read Beat Summer Slide
  1. I definitely plan on donating to this cause on my next payday. I came from one of those low income households, but I did have access to books through family members. I did maintain generally high reading test scores, but the coolest outcome has to be accomplishing my dream: publishing my writing. Absolutely couldn’t have done it without reading!

  2. Fiona McGier says:

    We are a middle class family. When our 4 kids were younger, I’d make them sign a “contract” with the “management”, that for every hour they spent either on-line, playing video games, or watching TV, they had to spend an hour either outside doing something active, or reading. On really hot days they’d choose reading every time. Needless to say, when you are the children of an English teacher, you don’t really get much of a choice about whether or not you read! Husband and I also believe in reading aloud to the whole family, especially on camping trips. That way we all could share in the excitement of finding out “what comes next” together.