One Call Now Announces $100,000 Summer Reading Donation for Ohio Elementary Students

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SumVenture is Putting 12,000 Books in the Hands of 1,200 Elementary Students as Part of a New Summer Reading Program. This Will Be One of the Largest Book Fairs Ever Conducted By Scholastic, and the Largest Free Book Giveaway in Ohio.

An aggressive reading-focused program that provides children books to own, coupled with adults who read to and with them, can make a major difference in educational outcomes.

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SumVenture is putting 12,000 books in the hands of 1,200 elementary students as part of a new summer reading program. The program, sponsored by One Call Now in partnership with Scholastic Books, is integral to the launch of an all-day summer program focused on reading, physical fitness and experiential learning.

This Spring, in Miami and Preble counties, 1200 selected students will have the opportunity to attend a local Scholastic Book Fair with a special pass allowing them to select and take home 10 books of their choosing from a selection of over 600 titles at no charge. All students will be invited to participate in one of several summer reading programs offered in their communities, to encourage reading and being read to.

This will be one of the largest book fairs ever conducted by Scholastic, and the largest free book giveaway in Ohio.

“As a company that serves ten million students and families by delivering ‘Messages That Matter’, we feel it is important to create a significant program that matters for students over the long haul”, said Leib Lurie, founder of One Call Now and co-founder of the SumVenture program.

Multiple studies have shown that an aggressive reading-focused program that provides children books to own, coupled with adults who read to and with them, can make a major difference in educational outcomes. This program is intended to demonstrate cost effective, viable ways to halt the summer achievement slide that can leave low-income students three years behind grade level by the time they reach high school. This “summer drop” has been cited as a major contributor to poor achievement scores and higher dropout rates.

Maurice Sadler, Heywood Elementary Principal had this to say— “Troy City Schools has a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged children than most people would think, and a program like this allows us to create an extended-year learning environment for them. The all-day SumVenture program is really exciting. If implemented effectively, it could keep kids engaged in NEW learning and reading, instead of having them leave all learning behind for their three-month summer vacation.”

Tom Dunn, Superintendent, Miami County Educational Service Center adds, “During my 35 years in education, we've known that the summer learning drop has existed, but limited funding and logistical challenges have made it hard to address. This unique—and unprecedented—grant from One Call Now will allow us to test several things in a statistically valid way, to determine how best to solve the summer drop for every student.”

Each student will have their Dibble reading level results (administered in May and September by their school) sent to Urbana University, which, in partnership with the Troy City and Twin Valley South school districts, will provide faculty and Master Level students to conduct the statistical research and analysis to measure the results of the program. These results, matched against the overall student population's results, will be the primary measure of success for the program.

“Urbana University is pleased to expand our partnership with One Call Now and presence in Miami County by participating in this exciting new venture. As a former superintendent, the value of reading in general and summer learning in particular, cannot be emphasized enough”, said Dr. Jim Daniel, former superintendent, Tipp City schools, and Professor of Education and Director of Academic Outreach, Urbana University.

In addition, forty students going into fourth grade will be selected to participate in the new SumVenture program, a six-week, all-day summer camp-type program heavily focused on kids reading and being read to. In addition to reading, SumVenture will incorporate an aggressive physical fitness program (CrossFit for kids) and 3 hours per day of experiential learning with exposure to STEAMM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Music.

“Along with a significant drop in learning achievement over the summer, lower income students have a higher propensity to gain weight far in excess of any expected gain. Children today are not nearly as physically active as we were as kids, or as they need to be, which leads to higher levels of obesity in elementary grades. That's why I'm excited to be able to bring an aggressive, high intensity, game-oriented physical fitness program to the SumVenture program funded by One Call Now”, said Mike Lyons, Cross Fit for Kids Certified Trainer and Owner/Manager CrossFit Troy.

SumVenture is a new program based in Troy, Ohio.

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