What is the Summer Slide?
Each year, educators prepare for the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation, often referred to as the "summer slide.” Children in low-income households fall behind an average of two to three months in reading during the summer. And, the summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
Access to books is critical. Reading just four to six books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.
Be a Part of the Solution
Join us in the fight against the summer slide by donating new or gently used:
Books for children in pre-K-6th grade | Chapter books | Dual language books
Drop off your donated books at United Way or see below for additional ways to participate.
Drop off your new or gently used book donations with one of the following community partners:
United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
3050 Medical Center Parkway
Old Time Pottery
480 River Rock Boulevard
Rutherford County Government
303 North Church Street, Suite 200
Pinnacle Financial Partners
114 West College Street
Ascend Federal Credit Union
1250 West Clark Boulevard
2316 East Main Street
4051 Franklin Road
3250 Memorial Boulevard
301 South Lowry Street
805 Memorial Boulevard
Wilson Bank & Trust
4195 Franklin Road
3110 Memorial Boulevard
710 NW Broad Street
2640 South Church Street
210 Commerce Drive
• Access to books is critical. Reading just four to six books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.
• When children select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development.
• Children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.
• Children that feel that reading is fun tend to read more often, so summer programs that help make reading enjoyable and social are most successful.
• Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2-3 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
• Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between students from low-income households and their higher-income peers.
• Students from low-income households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from high-income households with access to books and those from low-income households without access to books.
• Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.