United Way Launches Summer Reading Loss Prevention Program

As summer begins, your United Way is working hard to minimize the loss of learning that occurs when young minds sit idle for 11 weeks.  Summer reading loss is very real.  Studies show that children can lose one to three months of learning over the summer.

To combat the ‘summer slide’, Brevard Public Schools and United Way have teamed up on a new initiative “Tag In”.   The concept is that teachers are ‘tagging out’ for the summer and parents must increase their role as primary educators of their children.  Many parents are not even aware of the negative impact of summer learning loss.
One of our initial strategies was to create a “Summer Reading Calendar” to distribute to all kindergarten through 5th grade students.

The “Tag-In” Summer Reading Calendar” has:

  • Simple daily activities to keep kids interested in reading provided by Reading is Fundamental

  • Tips and resources for helping kids become readers

  • Summer Reading Challenge
    (kids who read and turn in results will earn a simple reward)

Click here to check it out!

In addition to the take home piece, United Way with the help of SKY Advertising, is working in collaboration with local media partners is creating a community-wide multi-media campaign (radio, television, print and outdoor) to create additional awareness of the “Tag-In” summer reading initiative.

You can help prevent summer learning loss! “Tag In” and make sure the kids in your life are reading over the summer because kids who can read ... succeed!

Feed and Read Sites Open June 9th

United Way's Feed and Read program is a key component to United Way's goal to reduce what is known as the Summer Slide and address the growing need to feed kids over the summer months. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year."

To address this critical need, the Feed and Read program will provide books, food packs and reading volunteers to more than 1,000 children over the summer.

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4201 North Cocoa Blvd, Cocoa, FL 32927
Tuesday 10:00-11:00am

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2329 Harry T. Moore Ave, Mims, FL 32754
Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm

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230 S. Burnett Rd, Cocoa, FL 32926
Thursday 1:00-2:00pm

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419 Washington St, Cocoa, FL 32922
Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

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1590 Schoolhouse St, Merritt Island, FL 32953
Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm

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3316 S. Monroe St, Melbourne, FL 32901
Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm

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3400 Randolph St, Melbourne, FL 32901
Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm

Greater Allen Chapel
2416 S. Lipscomb St, Melbourne, FL 32901
Monday 11:30am-12:30pm

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2295 Dr Harvey Riley St, Palm Bay, FL 32901
Monday 11:30am-12:30pm

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All you have to do is follow @UnitedWayCocoa and tweet a single sentence today about how you LIVE UNITED.

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