Women’s Leadership Council Fights Summer Reading Loss and Provides 10 Title-I Orange County Elementary Schools with Online Reading Program


myon photo for blog- DSC_0194_cropped“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 Publicmyon photo for blog- DSC_0089 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

myon photo for blog -DSC_0122Watch a video from the announcement held at Tangelo Park 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.

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