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.


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.


United Way of Saskatoon and Area knows that grade level reading is a key success factor in a child’s journey into adulthood. In August 2018, along with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, United Way hosted 6 Summer Success literacy camps with 84 students and 13 teachers.

Summer Success camps delivered a two week program focused on targeted literacy strategies to help students in grades 1, 2 and 3 maintain or improve their grade level reading during the summer months preventing summer learning slide preventing them from falling further behind in the fall.

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.

2018 marks the third year of United Way’s Summer Success camps with 193 students completing the program to date.

2018 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.

Our First Year