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“Summer Slide” results in loss of learning when young minds are idle for too long. Researchers have concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities in the elementary years. Summer learning loss is also a major obstacle to 3rd grade reading proficiency, and ultimately, on-time graduation for some students.

The Let’s Read, Seminole program addresses the “summer slide” issue by motivating students to continue reading during summer months.

The Big Red Book Mobile, a traveling “library,” visits low-income neighborhoods to provide reading materials to children. Throughout the summer, students submit reading logs documenting what they read. Additional funds are needed for reading reinforcement materials, manipulates like flash cards and word games to increase fluency, and incentives help keep kids engaged. With your support “Let’s Read, Seminole” will keep more of our students from sliding backwards over the summer and starting each new school year reading at or above their grade level.

For more information visit http://www.letsread.scps.k12.fl.us.