Summer’s almost here! For many of us, that means vacations, trips to the beach, and fun times with friends and family.
However, for many in Houston, summer is stressful. Families relying on free or reduced price meals at school will struggle to keep their kids fed. These same kids also may not have access to books or summer enrichment experiences and will fall behind academically.
According to Early Matters:
According to the National Summer Learning Association:
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
In Mark 12:31, Jesus reminds us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Would you do so this summer? Read on for ideas.
Helping Without Hurting
“I want to read with my kids, but my night shift work schedule won’t allow it.”
“I want my kids to have opportunities, but I don’t know how to navigate this country, yet.”
Put that church bus to use, find a location that’s within walking distance, or find a time when most parents are off of work and engage the entire family!