In the months when school isn’t in session, summer learning loss is a harsh reality for low income students in communities like the South Bronx. In a school district where only 1 in 10 children can read proficiently upon completion of the third grade, summer reading is imperative.
On July 14th, East Side House joined forces with United Way of NYC and New York City Public Library’s Mott Haven branch to kick off National Summer Learning Day. The afternoon was a celebration, which included read-alouds, arts and crafts, and more to kick off a summer of learning and fun! The activities provided reinforced the skills that the children have been working on during the school year. Literacy is learned and maintained not only by reading, but also through art projects, civic engagement, and games.
The National Summer Learning Association reports that in communities like Mott Haven, summer learning losses over time can put children two and a half to three years behind their more affluent peers. The ReadNYC initiative, a strategic collaborative between United Way of NYC and ESH, aims to improve by 100% the number of kids in this community reading at grade level by 2020.