Just last week, our students completed their final day of summer school. As Mr. Watkins told his second graders they’d be finishing their summer reading groups, here’s the telling – and heart wrenching – conversation he had with a student:
“Mr. Watkins, tomorrow will be the last day I read.”
“What do you mean tomorrow will be the last day you read?!”
“Well, I don’t have any books to read at home, and I don’t know where the book store is!”
A recent New York Times article, The Families That Can’t Afford Summer, notes that nearly half of the academic disparity between lower and higher income students is attributable to differences in summer opportunities. Nearly half!
The antidote? “Much of that can be prevented by a summer learning program,” the article states.
At Hope Academy, we are so grateful for the opportunity to work with our students in reading, math, geography, and enrichment throughout the summer months. Not only do we get to help them build academic skills and combat summer slide – we also get to foster a love of God and of learning in the process.