Summer learning loss, or the “summer slide,” is something that affects students all over the U.S every year when they go on summer vacation. Unfortunately, the summer slide can affect some students more than others. Research has shown that low-income students are usually more affected by this learning loss due to a lack of access to enriching opportunities in their community. As a result, they often spend a lot of time inactive and bored during the summer, losing a lot of the skills they learned during the school year.
This also means that when the new school year rolls around, students who haven’t been reading or participating in activities end up falling far behind students with more opportunities. The good news is that research also shows that students who read a minimum of four books over the summer can maintain or increase the skills developed throughout the school year.
To combat summer slide in our community, United Way of Northern Utah comes to several of the free summer lunches held by schools in Weber and Box Elder Counties, and we promote summer reading by handing out free books to children of any age. We are also offering a free summer playgroup in Brigham City, available to parents with small children from June 19 to August 21.
We are also sponsoring My Discovery Destination, a community-based program where kids can earn prizes for participating in a variety of local adventures. For more activities, our awesome Kids Summer Catalog lists a wide variety of low-cost and free activities available for children in our community.
By supporting enriching summer activities for children in our community we hope that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, has an opportunity to read and learn over the summer so that they can be successful when the new school year starts.