By Tyler Mattingly, Marketing Communications Coordinator at the National Summer Learning Association.
National Summer Learning Day, July 12, is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. Your participation sends a powerful message across the nation that summers matter and offers an opportunity to showcase how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.
Are you participating in a summer learning program or event on or around July 12? Post it to the National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) website so local supporters of summer learning will know your plans! Post a program or event here.
Ready to celebrate, but not sure how you can get involved? Here’s how to start:
Libraries and museums. Libraries and museums across the country are teaming up with NSLA to fight summer learning loss. On National Summer Learning Day, July 12, thousands of children will take part in a national read-aloud of the award-winning book, Trombone Shorty, at six library systems. At the same time, Museums for All is offering free or reduced admission at more than 275 museums in 42 states for eligible participants. Read more in this press release.
Create amazing art! The 2018 Love Learning campaign by Lands’ End will include a Love Learning Art Contest, which kicks off on National Summer Learning Day, July 12, at landsend.com/lovelearning.
Win a program award. This year, NSLA and Lands’ End is also creating the First Annual Lands’ End Love Learning Award! Lands' End is leveraging NSLA's vast network of experiential summer programs to shine a spotlight on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways. The winning program will receive a $10,000 award and national recognition. Award criteria details and submissions will be open from July 1 through November 30, 2018. Read more in this press release.
Keep community close. If you have an idea for a creative summer project that brings older adults and kids together for meaningful interaction and need financial help to get it off the ground, check out the Gen2Gen Summer Fun(d)! You could win $250 for your project this summer.
Spread the word! NSLA has created easy-to-use outreach materials to support organizations in spreading awareness about the summer slide including PSA copy, a press release template, and social media messaging. Use the hashtag #KeepKidsLearning.
Proclaim Summer Learning Day and show how essential summer learning is in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in America. Share this sample proclamation with your mayor, governor, or local elected official!
Find summer learning resources. Check out NSLA’s website for resources for communities, families, and local leaders at summerlearning.org/SummerLearningDay.
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