Summer reading reminders will begin popping up all over the county and online, urging adults to prioritize reading with children during the 2+ months most Charlotte-Mecklenburg students aren’t in school.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, more than half of the reading gaps of 9th graders can be traced back to summer learning loss during elementary school.
“It’s absolutely critical that we encourage young children to keep reading and learning over summer break,” says Read Charlotte Executive Director Munro Richardson. “We have to be proactive and do what we can to keep kids on track in these early years of their education.”
Students who don’t keep reading over summer break can fall one or more months behind, while their classmates who continue reading move further ahead.
Furthermore, Read Charlotte & YMCA of Greater Charlotte partnered the past two summers to pilot Summer Literacy Infusion. The program model adds one hour of literacy activities to existing summer programs and camps. It’s available at no cost to any group interested in trying the model in their own programs this summer.