In the spirit of Let’s Read. Let’s Move., Atlanta is tackling the challenge to keep kids’ brains and bodies active through the new Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, which will host a series of events across the city that cater to the community’s young readers.
Led by CNCS in collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama, this initiative encourages America’s youth to remain active to battle childhood obesity and reduce summer reading skill losses by encouraging summer reading and physical activity.
One of the major factors that contribute to children falling behind in reading is the learning loss that occurs during summer break. Low-income students, in particular, lose two to three months in reading achievement over the summer.
It seems improbable in a country where 90 million of its citizens are battling obesity that 49 million are also having food security issues, however, that's the reality in the United States today. And more than 16 million of our most-vulnerable residents -- America's children --are paying the price.
First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games and she's calling on families around the country to support Team USA, not just by cheering on our athletes, but by getting active in their own communities.
Americans produce more food, eat more of it (check out our obesity rates), and waste more by sending it to landfills. Finding healthy, affordable food should not be a problem in the United States. But it is.
Summer learning loss is a growing problem for American children but there is a simple solution. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can help kids stay on the path to academic success during the next school year.