Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 20, 2011
On the first day of summer, organizations, corporations, and communities throughout the country will demonstrate the value of summer learning programs – and their work to combat the summer slide that can put children chronically behind in school – with celebrations in honor of National Summer Learning Day (June 21).
Summer Learning Day, an awareness day spearheaded by the National Summer Learning Association, features events as diverse as the field of summer learning, from large community fairs and volunteer events to small museum visits or nature walks. Summer Learning Day events are recognized June 21, but can be held at any time during the summer and can be found on an interactive map at summerlearningdaymap.org. Summer Learning Day 2011 is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
The effort to keep kids learning during summer is based on research that shows that without summer learning opportunities, most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer, and low-income children also fall behind two to three months in reading. New research from the RAND Corporation has found that summer learning programs can disrupt these educational losses and boost student achievement.
Notable events planned to celebrate and serve the cause of summer learning include:
The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation’s youth to help close the achievement gap. For more information, visit http://www.summerlearning.org.