Dear Parents and Supporters,
The Big Buddy Program is excited about joining with the National Summer Learning Association and summer programs all across our country to recognize and celebrate National Summer Learning Day on June 21, 2011 – the first official day of summer. Summer Learning Day is an opportunity for programs to highlight their commitment to operate high quality summer enrichment programs that link youth to positive adult role models; set high, clear and fair expectations, and provide youth with meaningful opportunities to connect to the community. Research conclusively shows that all young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Additionally, studies show that out-of-school time is a dangerous time for unsupervised children and teens. They are more likely to use alcohol, drugs and tobacco, engage in criminal and other high-risk behaviors, receive poor grades and drop out of school than those who have the opportunity to benefit from constructive activities supervised by responsible adults (Carnegie Council, 1994).
Our Summer 2011 session has been focused on teaching youth the importance of “Growing Up Green”. Learning and daily experiences have focused on increasing our knowledge about recycling efforts, the importance to our community, and how reusing materials can be an effective way to save. Additionally, our education has included learning and developing skills that can be used to help others and/or further our goals for life.
The Summer Learning Calendar is our invitation for you to join us in celebrating National Summer Learning Day and keep the learning going all summer. Our calendar is filled with daily learning opportunities for you to engage in with the young person in your life. Everyone plays a role in ensuring that youth are prepared with the academic knowledge and skills to succeed in life, and this calendar provides you with some great starters. We hope you will join Big Buddy as we make summer learning stick!
Gaylynne M. Mack
Proud Executive Director
Keep the entire family occupied with a great book — or a few! Our suggestions should keep everyone busy all year long. These titles will encourage your kids to love reading, while improving their language arts skills.