ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today thousands of children in Missouri begin summer school, the first step to prevent summer learning loss. 25,000 students in 35 districts have enrolled in Summer Journey, a state-funded program that provides a four-week summer academic and enrichment program for Missouri children in grades K–12. Catapult Missouri provides the academically rigorous program, which includes free transportation and in many cases, free breakfast and lunch to underserved students. Missouri is one of the few states across the country addressing summer learning loss with a universal approach by offering resources in partnership with every school district.
There is conclusive data that demonstrates the summer break can lead to learning loss for students. Harris Cooper of Duke University found that on average, all students lose about a month of progress in math skills each summer, while low-income students slip as many as three months in reading comprehension, compared with middle-income students. In an interview with the National Summer Learning Loss Association, Johns Hopkins University sociology Professor Karl Alexander revealed, “During the summer months, disadvantaged children tread water at best or even fall behind. It’s what we call ‘summer slide’ or ‘summer setback.’”
The four-week Summer Journey program engages students with academically challenging curriculum during the program’s morning session. Students participate in enrichment activities in the afternoon, including hands-on exploratory courses with embedded academics like introduction to coding, magic, sports science, and rocket launching, to name a few.
Summer Journey offers a gift card as an attendance incentive to help motivate students to be at school on time every day.
Missouri educators and parents have endorsed the program. Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Lincoln County (Troy) R-III School District, Todd Culbertson, Ed.D. shared, “Course offerings [for Summer Journey] are engaging to our students because they offer a departure from traditional school topics.” One parent from Macon Elementary School in Macon County said, “I think Summer Journey is a great program. Not only for working parents, but the students enjoy and learn at the same time.”
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