Summer is a time for families to have fun, relax and enjoy time together away from the daily routine, but it’s also a time when school aged children can fall behind academically. Studies show that some students lose anywhere from one to three months of learning over the break. When reading skills are lost, children fall even further behind when they go back to school. If this pattern continues every summer, catching back up is often a daunting task that could have lifelong consequences. Research shows that reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is a part of initiatives including the Summer Learning Association and The National Campaign for Grade Level Reading to help raise awareness and highlight events to combat the ‘summer slide’. The Literacy Coalition will again celebrate summer learning by offering resources and assistance to families. The organization will be kicking off their ‘Sunsational Summer’ by celebrating both fun in the sun and literacy!
On Friday June 5th, families with children Grades K-5th grade are invited to a free event at the Blume Literacy Center in Boynton Beach from 6:00-8:00 PM. Children and their families will enjoy dinner and a reading of “The Day the Crayons Quit”, learn about ways to stay safe in the sun, experiment with UV light, and take home a tote bag filled with an activity packet of fun summer learning resources, beach items and a copy of the book, “Rosie’s Song”. Registration for the event is required by calling 561-279-9103.