Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer can lose valuable literacy skills and fall behind in the approaching school year. To learn more, please click here to watch an informational video about this important issue.
To help fight summer learning loss, the Road Map Project reached out to libraries, communities, and local organizations in spring 2012 to roll out a new summer reading campaign called Let’s Read!. The effort aims to encourage children to read during the summer by connecting parents and families to helpful resources, such as library summer reading programs and regional summer meals sites.
The campaign had its origins in the Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group and Heidi Harris, of the Auburn School District, won a contest to name the campaign.
In June 2012, about 40,000 informational flyers were distributed in 123 Seattle and South King County elementary schools. Additionally, 1,500 colorful posters were displayed in places frequented by families, such as doctors’ offices, public housing locations and child care providers. A website, letsreadkingcounty.org, was also created to enhance the effort and local mayors helped spread the message by taping television public service announcements. Toward the end of summer, children who participated in the King County Library System’s summer reading program got to celebrate with Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest and the Seattle Mariner Moose (see picture).
Efforts are under way to make this year’s Let’s Read! summer reading campaign bigger and better than ever! Beginning with meetings held throughout the region in each of the seven Road Map Project school districts, Let’s Read! supporters shared information on the needs and the available resources in their communities.
Part of the $40 million Race to the Top grant won by the region is focused on summer reading. The goal of the Summer Reading Commitment is to decrease summer learning loss for our youngest students learning to read. This commitment involved creating a summer reading plan for all Kindergarten-2nd grade students in the region’s high-need elementary schools. (The classification “high-need” was created during the grant application process and was determined by the percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch, 77% or higher in most cases.)
Like last summer’s campaign, fun and colorful materials have been created to support this effort. These materials include:
The following materials are available for download. If you are interested in using materials in different languages, please contact Kelsey Landes, Let’s Read! Campaign Coordinator, at email@example.com.
|Let’s Read poster||Let’s Read magnet|
|Let’s Read stickers|
Here are maps with locations of all high-need elementary schools, library branches (King County Library System and Seattle Public Libraries) and early learning centers in the Road Map Project region:
Here are lists of high-need schools in the Road Map Project region (PDFs):
To get involved, you can: