Fun Literacy Event Promotes Summer Learning

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by all that attended the Literacy Regional Summer Learning Event on July 1, a collective effort to promote the importance of summer learning. This literacy-themed event held at Destiny USA was a definite hit. Hundreds of children and parents stopped by the booths to discuss opportunities for learning and fun activities to take part in during summer break.

A mass decline in children’s reading development can occur during summer vacation, while they are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs. This “summer literacy loss” prompted the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, WCNY and many partners to host this event.

“We wanted to use this opportunity to continue to spread the word about summer learning,” said Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County Executive Director, Virginia Carmody. “As partners in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, we recognize the importance of summer learning in boosting children’s reading proficiency.”


The event, which took place in the Canyon Area at Destiny USA during one of its Tykes Tuesdays, hosted a number of Literacy Coalitions and organizations that offer summer learning activities for children. The Community Foundation serves as a managing partner of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and our staff was happy to be on hand at the event to help speak to parents about local literacy programming.

Each organization had a table set up offering different literacy themed activities for families to enjoy, ranging from reading games and arts and crafts, to free books and summer reading materials. To top off an already great event, there were appearances from Clifford the Big Red Dog, and mascots from Great American Cookies, Billy Beez, and Wonderworks for the children to interact with.

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Participating organizations included Literacy Coalition of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, ABC Cayuga, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Lit’ for Life, Mid York Library System, Onondaga County Public Library, Clear Channel Communications, Peaceful Schools, Say Yes to Education, Syracuse City School District’s Parent University, Syracuse New Times & Family Times, The United Way of Central New York’s Success By 6, Child Care Solutions, and the Children’s Consortium.

“With the help of our community partners, our hope is that we have as many people as possible encouraging our children to read and to talk about the books they are reading,” said Carmody. “We believe in the power of summer learning opportunities to accelerate academic achievement, support healthy development and enrich the lives of our children.”


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