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Save the Children works to end 'summer slide' for Arkansas students

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Thursday, June 27, 2024   

During the summer months, children can lose up to 40% of the information they learned in school, in a phenomenon called the "summer slide."

The nonprofit Save the Children is trying to make sure students retain as much knowledge as they can while out of school. The issue is especially problematic for students in rural areas who do not have access to books and other educational resources.

Ashley Anderson, Arkansas state director for Save the Children, said parents and caregivers can use everyday occurrences to ensure kids are keeping their brains engaged.

"You can talk about shapes driving down the road, like what is the shape of the stop sign, what is the shape of a yield sign?" Anderson suggested. "Even outside of math, talking about literacy, you can have a letter of the day, if it is a 'B,' a ball."

The organization's "Make Summer Fair" program is raising money to provide books, summer learning resources and programming to communities in rural Arkansas and across the country.

Research shows two months of reading skills, and 2.5 months of math skills are lost over a single summer. The summer slide is cumulative, meaning the lost months add up over time.

Yolanda Minor, Mississippi state director for Save the Children, said they give students the opportunity to keep learning during the school break.

"Save the Children concentrates our work in the most rural and under resourced areas where barriers are intensified for families by limited resources, and we recognize education is the ladder out of poverty," Minor explained. "You cannot take education away from people. It provides equity."

Minor added most parents who live in impoverished rural areas wake up in survival mode and education is not at the top of their priority list. The organization conducts home visits in rural areas and helps families build home libraries and shares strategies parents can use to keep their children engaged and thinking.

Disclosure: Save the Children contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Early Childhood Education, Education, and Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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