What do you remember about summer school? Were you making up a class you failed? Taking a hard subject to get it out of the way? For many children, summer without summer school is a missed opportunity to move ahead and improve their chances for success in the future.
Educators know that many children lose ground during out-of-school months, adding to a growing achievement gap. They also see positive outcomes for high-quality summer learning programs that provide both academic support and enrichment activities. According to a recent report from the National Summer Learning Association, middle school students in one program gained an average of 2.1 months in grade equivalents in literacy and math skills.
Imagine the positive results for Walker County students who participate in the Robotics Experience at Bevill State Community College. Or the summer library and camp programs of the Expanding Horizons project in Blount County. We are proud to support both summer programs as part of our effort to decrease the high school drop out rate.
As one school official in Baltimore said, summer school is no longer just for children who are failing, but an important strategy to help all students succeed. If you are interested in finding out more about these and other grants, contact James McCrary. Or make a gift today to support this Result: Children are successful along the education pipeline.