Thanks to the Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, 337 Winners Circle students spent their summers getting lost in exciting adventures, solving mysteries and flying away to fantasy-lands; all without even leaving the city. In addition to providing students with a great way to stay entertained, reading programs like the one sponsored by the Omaha Public Library are also helping to battle summer learning-loss, often referred to as the “summer slide.”
It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected (Cooper, 1996). Researchers also conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007).
Winners Circle students that participated in the Omaha Public Library reading program this summer, were rewarded for their efforts by having their name printed on the “Summer Reading Honor Roll” plaque and each student also received a brand new book to read. Summer readers were also recognized for their efforts at all first-quarter Winners Circle celebrations this month.