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See how United Ways around the world celebrated this year's annual event. 

 

Throughout the summer, UNITED WAY FOCUSed ON LEARNING AND NUTRITION. SUMMER IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR CHILDREN’S ACADEMIC AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING. BUT IN TOO MANY COMMUNITIES, KIDS ARE FALLING BEHIND IN SCHOOL AND GOING HUNGRY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. This SUMMER, united way fought to ensure every child has a promising start.

Education is a building block for a better life, and yet, kids who don’t get academic enrichment during the summer forget what they learned during the school year, experiencing what’s known as the “summer slide.” Children from low-wage families slide a lot further. They start school with a two-month lag in math and a three-month delay in reading. By middle school, they’ve lost two full years of learning. 

Middle-income kids don’t suffer the slide as much, because their families can afford summer camps and academic enrichments, and their homes are usually filled with books. In fact, sometimes their reading skills increase over the summer. It all adds up, making it very hard for low-income youth to catch up. Experts say more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Enter United Way.

BOOSTING SUMMER LEARNING–AND WORKING WITH SCHOOLS, SUMMER PROGRAMS, EMPLOYERS AND OTHER NONPROFITS–IS PART OF UNITED WAY’S STRATEGY TO HELP KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL, WORK AND LIFE. 

United Way’s Summer Learning Collaborative in Boston turned summer time into learning time for more than 3,000 elementary schoolers this year. In a three-year span, almost 90 percent of those kids are starting school without any summer learning loss, and 82 percent think reading is more fun.

Participating in their seventh Day of Action, United Way of Northwest Michigan made summer learning fun by giving kids exciting, literacy-based learning activities; free books and backpacks; and signing them up for a library card (a series made possible through the support of UPS).

UNITED WAY’S WORK IN SUMMER NUTRITION IS PART OF OUR LARGER COMMUNITY IMPACT STRATEGY TO HELP BUILD STRONGER, HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES WHERE EVERYONE CAN THRIVE.

For example, United Way of Greater Mercer County hosted a food-packing event that provided 200,000 meals to food banks across New Jersey. And Heart of West Michigan United Way partnered with Feeding America West Michigan to mobilize more than 1,000 volunteers to assemble more than 200,000 meals for the community. These are just a few examples of United Way's impact in communities near and far.

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Click here for details from last year’s Day of Action