The Learning Alliance and members of the Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN,) in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association
(NSLA), will highlight the importance of summer learning opportunities at our fifth annual Moonshot Moment Free Family Pajama Pizza (and a Movie) Party on July 12, 2018! This year, we have grown our summer learning celebration to reach even more families by hosting evening events at three locations in Indian River County:
The Heritage Center, 2140 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960, at 5:30 pm
Fellsmere Elementary at 5:30 pm
Sebastian Boys and Girls Club at 6:00 pm
Led by the National Summer Learning Association
(NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer. On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups – all to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer. This year’s goal is to reach two million youth across the nation, including 600 children in Indian River County.
The free family event is geared for all Indian River County families with children ages 4 – 12. This year’s theme is based on summer learning and building social emotional skills, and in partnership with the Indian River County Main Library we will be featuring the movie, INSIDE OUT. The evening begins with free pizza at 5:30 pm, followed by family activities and participation in a “National Read Aloud” of the book, TROMBONE SHORTY. After the “Read Aloud,” we will snuggle in to watch the Disney movie, INSIDE OUT.
The Learning Alliance coordinates and hosts the annual summer learning celebration event to support our county’s Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement. This year’s co-sponsors include the Indian River County Main Library, the School District of Indian River County, the Fellsmere Action Community Team (FACT), Boys and Girls Clubs of IRC, the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative, and Literacy Services of IRC.
“Summer Learning Day is an annual reminder that summers matter, and if we want our children to do well in the school year ahead, our communities need to ensure that students get the supports and services they need to continue growing and thriving over the summer,” said Barbara Hammond, CEO of The Learning Alliance. Our Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) is dedicated to supporting achievement throughout the summer, and our celebration today marks our commitment to that goal.”
Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. A survey conducted by NSLA, indicated that two-thirds of teachers said they spend at least a month re-teaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.
Low-income youth also lose access to healthy meals over the summer. Six out of every seven students who receive free- and reduced-price lunches lose access to them when school lets out. And, research shows that children gain weight twice as fast over the summer compared to during the school year. Moreover, a lack of opportunity for meaningful mentorship and work experience prevents many older youth from successfully completing high school and entering post-secondary education or careers. See more at Summer by the Numbers
“Ensuring our children are engaged and learning during the summer months must be a national imperative,” said Matthew Boulay, Ph.D., NSLA founder and CEO. “Studies show that leaving kids unattended during the summer – without any programmed activities – is detrimental to their education and health. These effects are particularly pronounced among poorer kids, whose parents work long hours and simply don’t have the money to enroll them in summer programs.”
The National Summer Learning Association is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works, offers expertise and support for programs and communities, and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. For more information, visit www.summerlearning.org
About The Learning Alliance:
At The Learning Alliance, our work is predicated on the question – What does it take to create a Moonshot community of literate, curious, compassionate lifelong learners who will improve our world? The Learning Alliance is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration supporting the Moonshot Moment 90% literacy transformative goal by arming front-line educators, parents, and community leaders with the tools, knowledge, and support necessary for success. Through innovative, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, we empower teachers to transform children’s lives. Through partnerships with the School District of Indian River County, Indian River State College, community leaders and civic youth organizations in our community, we hope to create local solutions that can serve as a model for the nation. For more information about The Learning Alliance, please visit www.thelearningalliance.org or call 877-548-READ (7323.)
About the Moonshot Moment:
In 2012, then SDIRC Superintendent Dr. Fran Adams, in collaboration with The Learning Alliance, launched the “Moonshot Moment: 90% Literacy by Third Grade” making it an early adapter community working with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR,) a nationwide movement of local leaders, states, nonprofits, and foundations putting a stake in the ground on third-grade reading. The communities are adopting a collective impact strategy, engaging the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade. Acknowledging that schools alone cannot address all the challenges that keep children from learning to read, the Indian River County Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) is comprised of over 100 business, nonprofit, School District, and concerned citizens working together to create programs and momentum to reach the 90% literacy goal! Visit moonshotmoment.org for more information.