“School’s out for summer!” But, that doesn’t mean that Central Florida students should slack. Did you know that students can lose up to 25% of their reading level over the summer? But, reading just four books over that time can prevent the summer slide, and can actually increase reading levels.
Access to age-appropriate reading materials is a major barrier to reading, especially for low-income students. In fact, a recent study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 books for every child, while in low-income neighborhoods, it is 1 book for every 300 children.
United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council recently announced a partnership with Orange County Public Schools to bring the myON® reading program to 10 Title-I schools. Funds raised by HFUW’s Women’s Leadership Council at the annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon were used to provide the one-year subscription to select schools. In addition to giving approximately 6,000 students 24/7 access to a digital library of more than 5,000 books in over 50 categories and genres, myON® provides metrics that assess reading progress and project reading growth.
Schools participating in the myON® program include:
- Eccleston Elementary
- Fern Creek Elementary
- Grand Ave. Elementary
- John Young Elementary
- Lee Middle School
- Lockhart Elementary
- Tangelo Park Elementary
- Winegard Elementary
- Wyndham Lakes Elementary
- Zellwood Elementary
In addition, United Way will be distributing books on June 23 as part of Day of Action, a community-wide day of volunteerism focused on fighting summer reading loss. There are many ways to get involved! See a list of impact projects for individuals or groups.