Dear Carnegie Friends:
If you have school-aged children, you know how much they love the unstructured, fun-filled days of summer. But even as they enjoy themselves, you can help them navigate one of the few potential harms of summer: learning loss.
On average, students lose the equivalent of two months of math and reading skill during their 10 weeks of summer, according to the U.S. Department of Education. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by the children’s unequal access to summer learning.
The Carnegie Center has answers. In the pages that follow, you’ll find numerous opportunities – all free or low-cost – for your children to engage in fun summer activities that will help them keep learning.
• Camp Carnegie is a series of fun, half-day, weeklong camps for middle-schoolers focused on professions like movie-making and writing. Price for campers from low-income families: $25 for the week.
• Free reading, writing and math classes are available for elementary kids.
• The Carnegie Center Reading Room in Triangle Park is open all summer. Stop by Triangle Park and pick out a free book from the Reading Room to take home.
• The Back-to-School Bash will load the kids up with backpacks full of school supplies for next school year. It’s on August 2, and it’s free. Registration required.
If you aren’t able to arrange classes or camps, you can still help your kids over the summer by reading with them, visiting museums together, or doing a daily crossword. Just a few strokes of learning over the summer helps a child stay focused all year round.