2017 

 Summer Reading  

Through the Detroit Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Friends Foundation has made it our mission to inspire the minds of the young Mary Barras, Aretha Franklins, and Edsel Fords of Detroit’s tomorrow.  We believe that the future of Detroit rests in the hands of those who have yet to touch it.  We want to make that difference, and in order to do so, it is critical that every single one of our children be given the gift to read, so that someday they too may write their own story. 

What Happens to Children

During the Summer?

During the summer months, disadvantaged children tread water at best or even fall behind. It’s what we call

“SUMMER SLIDE”

while better off children build their skills steadily over the summer months. 

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SUMMER

LEARNING LOSS 

accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. 

 How Summer Learning Can Help    Close the Achievement Gap? 

SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS

TARGETED TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS 

can help close the achievement gap that has been attributed, at least in part, to cumulative learning loss during the summers and that has been shown to be steeper for low-income students than for others. 

Longitudinal studies indicate that the effects of summer learning programs endure for at least two years after participation. 

Source: National Summer Learning Association | www.summerlearning.org

EDUCATION IS A WAY OUT OF POVERTY

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BUT POVERTY IS ALSO A HINDRANCE TO EDUCATION. 

Will sponsor 1 child to participate in the Summer Reading Program at one of the 22 Detroit Public Library locations. Your support will provide books, reading incentives, field trips, and peer encouragement for one child and make a lasting impact in their life. 

 

2015 Facts: 

2015 Participants: 18,859

Participants age range: 2-17

Books read by / to participants: Over 8,000