Summer Learning Day

Jun 28, 2013

Summer Learning Day


I hope all of you are doing well. Last Friday was National Summer Learning Day and I wanted to take a few minutes to personally thank all of you for the incredible response you made to this opportunity. I'm pleased to report that 81 out of the 134 communities in the Grade-Level Reading Network that participated this year. Below are a few examples of the events that were hosted in your communities along with a comprehensive list of all of those we heard from about their involvement in this event.

As you know, Summer Learning Day is largely a moment designed to raise awareness about efforts to reduce summer learning loss. While your events clearly did that, what really excites me is that the events also showcased the real actions being taken and commitments being made to expand opportunities for kids who need them the most. It's clear that in many of our communities this summer is very different from the last one. Summer learning programs for K-3rd grade students are expanding, kids are reading more, and a wider array of agencies and organizations are supporting more children and families during these critical months.

My hope is that we can continue to capitalize on the energy and engagement that went into making Summer Learning Day such a success. Thanks again.

My best,


The following members of the GLR Communities Network participated in Summer Learning Day:

City of Houston, Texas
Arizona (statewide)-Phoenix
Arizona (statewide)-Tucson
Arizona (statewide)-Flagstaff
Arizona (statewide)-Yuma
Arizona (statewide)-Sahuarita and Green Valley
Sacramento, California
Stockton, California
Fresno, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Kern County, California
Long Beach, CA
City of Salinas
City of San Jose
Santa Cruz County
Richmond, Calif.
Buena Park, Calif.
Tahoe Truckee, Calif.
Berkeley, CA
Pacoima, Calif.
Los Angeles
San Francisco, CA
City of Oakland
City and County of Denver
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Bristol, CT
Waterbury, Conn.
Hartford, Conn.
Norwalk, Conn.
Tampa/Hillsborough County Florida
Palm Beach County
Orlando, FL
Vero Beach, Florida
City of Delray Beach
City of Atlanta, Ga.
Savannah, Ga.
Dubuque, Iowa
Greater Lafayette, Ind.
Louisville, Ky.
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Somerville, MA
Milton, MA
City of Baltimore
Kent County, Mich.
City of Kansas City, Mo.
Town of Southern Pines, N.C.
Mecklenburg County-Charlotte, N.C.
Wake County NC
City of Newark, N.J.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Syracuse, N.Y.
The Fund for Public Schools-New York, N.Y.
Madison County Literacy Coalition, N.Y.
Rochester City School District
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati, Ohio
Montgomery County-Dayton, Ohio
Multnomah County-Portland, Ore.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Providence, R.I.
Literacy 2030 - Lexington and Richland Counties, S.C.
Austin, Texas
City of San Antonio
City of Richmond, Va.
City of Roanoke, Va.
City of Virginia Beach / Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Alexandria, Va.
Marshalltown, Iowa
Little Rock, Ark.
Des Moines, Iowa
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa
Ames, Iowa
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Camden City, N.J.
Chicago, IL
City of Boston, Mass.
Detroit, Mich.
Salt Lake City

Here are just a few examples of the types of activities that happened:

Summer Reading Block Party

Newark, New Jersey

In partnership with 211 Community Impact and a host of other partners, the Summer Reading Block Party is a reading and book party that will feature books, healthy snacks, read alouds and community service providers. Parents and their children will be encouraged to read, explore books and understand the requirements for grade level reading. In partnership with other community providers, the Summer Reading Block Party adds literacy to existing, long standing community events to bring about the importance of reading throughout the summer.

United Way Day of Action & Family Book Festival

Hartford, Connecticut

You are invited to help kids grow their skills this summer! Volunteers are needed on United Way Day of Action on Friday June 21st - and at a Family Book Festival on Saturday June 22nd.

Summer Learning Day of Action

Atlanta Georgia

United Way Summer Learning Day of Action is an opportunity created to support our partners around the issue of summer learning loss. It is the students who can least afford to lose the reading gains they have achieved during the school year who fall the farthest behind when they return to the classroom after a summer break away from formal literacy instruction. Access to reading materials has been consistently identified as a vital element in enhancing the reading development of children. So, we will host a book drive and send volunteers out to partner agencies to read to students.

United Ways National Day of Action Reading Rally Road Trip

Houston Texas

United Way of Greater Houston Young Leaders will be taking a Reading Rally Road Trip to a local United Way children’s program for United Ways National Day of Action. Come read with a child and learn more about what United Way is doing in our Education Initiative and United Way Reading Together.

Summer Kick-Off Party

Pittsfield Massachusetts

The mayor will present a proclamation that June 21st is National Summer Learning Day. Admission to the Berkshire Museum will be free from 1230 - 200 pm David Grover will be performing our local author, Ty Allen Jackson, will be doing an author rally Krispy Kone will be providing ice cream local Out-of-School Time providers will be providing summer program information.

City-Wide Celebration of Summer Learning Day

San Francisco California

As school districts and cities across the nation celebrate National Summer Learning Day on June 21st, San Francisco is marking the holiday with a citywide celebration. A noon press conference on the Polk Street steps of San Francisco City Hall will feature Mayor Ed Lee, the Golden State Warriors, District Attorney Gascon, ScholarShare, members of the SF Board of Supervisors, and SF Unified School District Leaders. Together they will kick off the celebration and highlight the city’s summer learning programming for students across the city. The press conference will be followed by a summer learning youth festival in Civic Center Plaza for more than 500 students and their parents.

Born to Read Summer Learning Day

Camden, New Jersey

We currently have 13 Head Start locations throughout Camden City and Camden County and serve approximately 755 children. We put together summer learning packs to distribute to all of the 755 students in our Head Start program to help curb summer learning loss and provide access to educational materials. The summer packs include story and activity books, alphabet and number tracing sheets, and markers.