June 5, 2018
Reading Partners gives Summer Reading Packs to nearly 800 students in Silicon Valley
For Immediate Release
Executive Director, Reading Partners Silicon Valley
(650) 644-9156 | aarika.riddle@readingpartners.
Milpitas, CA — May 17, 2018
Reading Partners is ensuring that nearly 800 students will take home Summer Reading Packs this week throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Over 80 percent of children from low-income communities experience a “summer slide” – the loss of reading skills while they are out on summer break. This year Reading Partners Silicon Valley launched its “For the Love of Reading All Summer Long” campaign with the goal of continuing students’ literacy success throughout the summer.
Research shows that one of the best ways to combat summer learning loss is to provide students with access to books and other reading resources in the summer. Each pack contains five age- and skill-appropriate books, five corresponding activity sheets, a summer reading journal, a summer reading chart bookmark, and a pencil.
“Our students have worked really hard all year to make gains in their literacy skills,” said Aarika Riddle, Executive Director of Reading Partners Silicon Valley. “We hope that by providing them with the tools they need to keep reading while school is out, we can minimize the effects of summer slide and help them return in August as confident readers.”
Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools in Silicon Valley and in 13 other regions across the country to equip students with the foundational skills they need to be able to read at grade level by fourth grade.
To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please visit readingpartners.org/volunteer today.
Students at San Miguel Elementary School look through their new Summer Reading Packs (designed to decrease summer learning loss) in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, May 16.
About Reading Partners
Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visit readingpartners.org to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.