JUST SAY NO: to Summer Learning Loss

Happy National Summer Learning Day!  Join us today, July 14 as we say, “NO!”


NO, we will not lose the gains we made during the school year! NO, we will not go 12 consecutive weeks without reading!  NO, we will not start school in September, already lagging behind!


Summer learning loss refers to the decline in academic skills that can occur during the summer months, when school is not in session. This decline has the greatest impact on kids in low-income households.  According to the National Summer Learning Institute, “Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains.”


This summer “slide,” as it’s known, can be especially devastating to students who were already behind a grade level in some subjects. The “slide” leaves those students even further behind and makes it much harder to overcome the gap.


We don’t have to accept summer learning loss. You can help—by joining us in saying “YES!”


YES to reading together. (As much as possible!) YES, to trying a new activity with a child in your life—cook a meal together, walk to your neighborhood park, or see what’s happening at the public library. YES to helping students start off strong in September!


You can start to combat the summer slide today! Grand Rapids Public Schools will host a FREE event that’s perfect for celebrating National Summer Learning Day. The fourth annual Successfest happens this afternoon at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (851 Madison Ave. SE) from 3-6:30 p.m. Come out to take part in fun and free activities like games, a bounce house, music and face painting. There will also be dinner and dessert after 5 p.m. Make sure to check out the information tables too, where you can learn more about school choices, how to enroll, early childhood and special education and more.


Say NO to the summer slide.  Say YES to summer learning and student success!

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