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.
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.
Starr Battle Creek is once again having their Super Starr Reading Camp this summer! This is a summer reading adventure for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade and is designed to strengthen reading and writing super powers! Continue reading
President and CEO Elizabeth Carey read to a local Albion classroom.
March is both Reading Month and Developmental Disability Awareness Month, so this year, Starr staff headed out to our local communities to encourage reading and spread awareness of developmental disabilities! We provided our staff with educational and fun books, and they were encouraged to go to their local school and read to the students in a classroom – and boy did they turn out! Continue reading
Reading is an important skill. It helps you understand the world around you, allowing you to read road signs, text friends and apply for jobs. Reading is a skill, a hobby, and a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, many students in our country do not continue to enhance their reading skills once school is out for the summer.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, more than half of the achievement gap between low- and high-income students can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. The organization also states that low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer, while their middle- and high-income peers see slight gains.