For many kids, summer means that they will no longer be actively engaging in academic activities. Without the daily support school provides, they can begin to regress in their reading abilities in a phenomenon known as the Summer Slide.
On average, students can lose up to two months of reading skills over the summer, and low-income students can lose more than that. This decrease in performance, called the Summer Slide, can lead to lower graduation rates among students, and we need your help to prevent it.
For the past few years, Starr has given its staff a holiday challenge: make the season especially magical for the children and families in our care. This year, our Albion and Detroit colleagues came together to build baskets for each cottage on our Albion campus, while Battle Creek adopted a local family. Once again, we had 100% of our Starr staff step up to the challenge.
Starr Battle Creek is once again hosting a summer reading camp! Offered to Calhoun County elementary-aged kids (K-5 grades), this camp is designed to prevent the summer slide that happens when children are not getting constant educational stimulation.
This week, Starr Battle Creek participated in the 12th Annual Kalamazoo Children’s Mental Health Carnival. There were over 3,000 people at this event, and Starr Battle Creek had a wonderful booth set up with all sorts of Starr giveaways and information about Starr Global Learning Network and Starr Battle Creek Home Based Program.
At Starr Commonwealth, generosity is an important part of what we teach the young people in our care. It is part of the Circle of Courage®, a model of positive youth development that we use to help young people become emotionally healthy. To help students understand how to be generous, we use a variety of service learning projects in our local communities.