Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.
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Summer Learning Loss is a serious issue and one that’s been making national headlines lately. Studies have shown that most students lose about two months in math skills over the summer and low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. That’s why education officials in state and across the country are stressing the importance of keeping kids engaged over the summer. And one summer camp program in the Birmingham area is doing just that.
One summer enrichment program in Birmingham is making big strides in combating summer learning loss- and it’s part of a national, non-profit organization. Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama serves more than 9,000 Birmingham-area girls ages 6 to 18 with programs focusing on economic literacy, career preparedness and health and wellness.
Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham is trying to keep kids engaged over the summer through its Fresh Air Farm: a six-week learning program that incorporates math, reading AND nature exploration into its studies. And all this takes place on 36 acres of land. So students aren’t just sitting inside classrooms— they actually get to go outside and learn about the outdoors.