Children and youth are the future of our community.
In order to support healthy emotional, social and intellectual development it is essential that children, youth and their families have the means to thrive as strong citizens. This means they have safe and stables homes, a sense of mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and are enabled to be successful in their education.
One way United Way is helping kids be all that they can be is by focusing on achievement of grade level reading by tackling “summer slide.”
We know that over the summer months, many students forget what they learned and “slide” backwards in their academic performance and grade level reading skills. Teachers often spend six to eight weeks of each new school year helping students get back on track.
Four Summer Success camps delivered a two-week program focused on targeted literacy strategies to help students maintain or improve their reading levels over the summer months. In addition, one of the Summer Success camps helped newcomer children develop their English language skills.
Summer Success camps allowed students to engage in supportive learning, while providing nutritious meals and snacks, exciting mini-excursions, books to take home and a backpack full of school supplies to start school in the fall.
An important component of the Summer Success camps is the opportunity for parents to engage and supporting them in enhancing their children’s literacy at home.
We saw great results from these first camps!
In both the literacy and language camp the children were excited to learn, the parents felt supported and the final testing showed that 92.5% of the students in the literacy camp maintained or improved their pre-program reading skills and on average in the language camps students overall vocabulary grew by 22 words!
This year United Way and their partners are preparing to grow these camps to help up to 100 children with their literacy and language skills.
We will help even more families combat the barriers to education and tackle “summer slide.”
United Way needs your support by helping to raise $25,000 to help even more kids be all that they can be in 2017.
Together, we can give children and youth the start in life they need, we can prepare them for kindergarten, we can help them reach their grade level reading milestones and we can empower them to be healthy independent adults.