When school lets out for summer, students are excited for their break from school but do not realize the damage that can happen to their learning. For students, the damage done over the summer months can mean using valuable time in the next grade re-teaching all that was lost. Teachers can spend the first months catching the students up before being able to move onto new material, putting them behind their grade level. One solution to this regression is summer reading programs.
Each year on and around June 21, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. This year, United Way of Broome County is hosting its 3rd Annual Day of Action Book Drive, to support summer reading programs.
Books provide children with opportunities for learning and intellectual growth. United Way of Broome County is working with summer reading programs across our community to help spread the knowledge! Last year, over 500 books were donated to children.
What can you do?
You can help by donating or hosting a book drive. Through United Way’s community-wide volunteer event, Day of Action, we can help get new books in the hands of children in need. By providing students access to books, United Way of Broome County hopes to encourage reading and enhance literacy over the summer months. New books for children kindergarten through fifth grade are being collected now. Host a book drive at work or drop-off any new books at United Way of Broome County.