Valley of the Sun United Way is encouraging summer learning by providing free books for children from kindergarten to fifth grade at the pilot event of the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Book Fair on May 24th.
Students at C.O. Greenfield and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools were able to select 8 new books to take home and read over the course of the summer. School may be ending, but the learning should not stop there.
Eileana Gudino, United Way’s Community Impact Director stated, “The average middle income family has an average of 13 books per household for their children to read, whereas low income families have on average 1 book per 300 kids.”
This event helps unite against the loss of up to two months of information that can occur in students over the summer months. Young students were ecstatic about receiving new books, with some even asking, “Do we get to keep all of them”? The evening session of the book fair included parents attending with their children to learn valuable information about keeping children educated throughout the summer and to add more books to their home library.
This new event could not have taken place without the help of the amazing volunteers, like Hispanic Leadership Institute, and supportive school faculty. Watch the exciting video below to get an inside look into the first book fair to combat summer learning loss.
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