Summer Success

Helping kids be all that they can be

Summer Success is a United Way initiative that takes an upstream approach in helping vulnerable children move towards grade level reading by tackling their summer learning loss.

 Issue

Did you know that over the summer, most children digress in their reading levels? For many children, summer learning loss, also called summer slide, is the main reason they fall behind and are not able to reach their expected reading levels on time. This creates even more challenges for children already behind in their reading.

Research tells us that children who do not reach their grade level reading by grade three are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

 Action

United Way, along with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public Schools launched five Summer Success camps.

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.

Results

The outcomes of Summer Success are measured by comparing the students’ reading levels in June when school ends, in August during the Summer Success Program, and again in September when school begins.