What you should know before school’s out

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As students around the Miami Valley get ready for summer break, some are concerned about what the time off will do to their education.

“Summer slide is a significant problem,” says Tom Lasley with Learn to Earn Dayton.

Lasley says the lack of learning opportunities over the summer is a big reason why 20 percent of Montgomery County third graders are in danger of not meeting Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

“The amount of loss that occurs because they are not given the same type of enrichment opportunities that you find being provided by families in wealthier communities,” explains Lasley of the “Summer Slide”.

So Learn to Earn has worked with others in the community to provide hundreds more spots in summer classes for students this year through things like Freedom Schools and Bell Academies.

“I think these summer programs are going to make a difference,” Lasley says.

They still don’t have enough room for everyone, so we wanted to know what you can do to keep your kids from falling victim to the summer slide.

Lasley says it starts with making sure students read over the summer.

“Even if it’s only 15 to 30 minutes that would be a significant amount of time to make sure they hone their reading skills,” Lasley says.

Lasley says the other thing you can do is take advantage of the many museums in the area.

“There are lots of things that are free of charge or cost very little that can provide enrichment to young people,” Lasley says.

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