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Summer Smarts: 6 Things You Should Know About the 'Summer Slide'

May 3, 2017

Summer Smarts: 6 Things You Should Know About the ‘Summer Slide’

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Aims to Keep Kids on Track This Summer

Hartford, Conn. (May 3, 2017) — The summer months can be a challenging time for children and families who may lack the tools and resources that keep kids learning when school is out of session.

Every summer, students risk falling behind due to the ‘summer slide’, leaving them susceptible to losing academic skills as well as meals they would traditionally receive during the school year.

United Way's Summer Smarts initiative will ensure children have fun learning activities and continue to receive nutritious meals this summer.

Here are six things you should know:

  • One out of seven kids who ate a free or reduced-price lunch during school participates in a free summer meals program.

  • Students can lose two months in reading achievement over the summer.

  • Lower-income students can fall behind three grade levels over the summer as compared to their more affluent peers.

  • It takes educators four to six weeks to re-teach material students lose over the summer.

  • Four or five books should be read each summer to prevent a decline in reading achievement.

  • Six out of seven children who eat a free or reduced-price lunch at school don’t get a free meal during the summer.

Comcast has joined United Way in its commitment to improve those statistics.

“Comcast believes in giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work, and supporting initiatives like Summer Smarts ensures opportunities are available for every child to succeed,” said Mike Parker, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “We’re proud to have partnered with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut on a number of programs over the years, and would like to thank the organization and their volunteers for all they do to support Connecticut’s youth.”

“We are delighted to have Comcast join us in our mission to engage and bring together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “With the support of Comcast and other businesses and individuals in our region, we can help children build healthy minds and bodies this summer through reading and nutrition programs designed to promote future school success.”

To keep kids on track this summer, individuals may contribute online at unitedwayinc.org/SummerSmarts, text SummerSmarts to 41444 and are encouraged to form a crowdfunding page at app.mobilecause.com/join/united_way/SummerSmarts.

To learn more, or contribute, visit unitedwayinc.org/SummerSmarts.

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About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut brings together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community, where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org.

Media Contact: Elyssa M. Millspaugh | United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut | emillspaugh@unitedwayinc.org | 860.493.1119

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