Today is National Summer Learning Day! The summer slide can create an achievement gap devastating to test scores and graduation rates – but Turn the Page KC and the Kansas City community is determined to turn the summer slide into the summer stride this year.
Summer programs keep KC Kids reading with trained tutors and plenty of books. Our summer kicked off with a reading celebration at the Sprint Center called Building a City of Readers. Mayor James read, “Let’s Meet a Construction Worker” with local author Bridget Heos to over 800 kids. Sponsors, including Hallmark, Mad Science, the Library Systems, JE Dunn, the Builders Association, KC AERC, and Planet Play, provided booths to develop and inspire STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills in our young readers.
But summer learning doesn’t stop after elementary school. High school kids and beyond are finding internships through Hire KC Youth, a citywide initiative to hire and develop professional skills in the future workforce. Originally recruiting young adults and teens for jobs at City Hall, placements have now expanded to other organizations in Kansas City, including Turn the Page KC.
No matter the age, summer learning is important! Your brain is like a muscle; you have to exercise it to keep it strong! Looking for summer learning opportunities? Check your local library: Mid-Continent and Kansas City Public Library have summer reading programs for kids and adults! Also try the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up and turn the summer slide into the summer stride!