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Events Across the Country Celebrate National Summer Learning Day

BALTIMORE, MD - On the first day of summer, organizations, corporations, and communities throughout the country will demonstrate the value of summer learning programs - and their work to combat the summer slide that can put children chronically behind in school - with celebrations in honor of National Summer Learning Day (June 21).

Summer Learning Day, an awareness day spearheaded by the National Summer Learning Association, features events as diverse as the field of summer learning, from large community fairs and volunteer events to small museum visits or nature walks. Summer Learning Day events are recognized June 21, but can be held at any time during the summer and can be found on an interactive map at summerlearningdaymap.org. Summer Learning Day 2011 is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

The effort to keep kids learning during summer is based on research that shows that without summer learning opportunities, most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer, and low-income children also fall behind two to three months in reading. New research from the RAND Corporation has found that summer learning programs can disrupt these educational losses and boost student achievement.

Notable events planned to celebrate and serve the cause of summer learning include:

  • In Sacramento, Calif., 200 middle schoolers will visit the California State Capitol to interview officials and community leaders about their favorite summer learning experiences, and will share the interviews via social media.
  • In Newark, N.J., 30 summer programs will take part in a summer learning fair presented by the Prudential Foundation and the Victoria Foundation with U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) as honorary host. The fair will include a book distribution by First Book.
  • United Way will hold a Day of Action on the Mall in Washington, D.C., to stuff 50,000 backpacks for summer reading.
  • The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store ® network's Toys for Tots Literacy program will distribute books to summer learning programs in at least six communities.
  • In July, volunteers will read "Make Way for Ducklings" to scholars in the BELL Summer program (Building Educated Leaders for Life) near the statue inspired by the book on the Boston Common, and take a ride on the famous swan boats.

To see more events and learn more about Summer Learning Day, visit summerlearning.org/sld.

The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation's youth to help close the achievement gap. For more information, visit http://www.summerlearning.org.

Kate Shatzkin
410-856-1370 x208

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