For many students, the summer is filled with fun, enriching experiences that support learning. But for others, the summer months can actually mean losing ground on their academic progress.
Since 2007, the American Savings Foundation has been engaged in bringing forward new ideas to fill summer months with fun and educational experiences for youth. While the Foundation has supported a wide range of summer programs, two of these programs in New Britain have been recognized nationally for their work combating the negative effects of “summer learning loss.”
According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), summer learning loss is a phenomenon where children lose academic skills during the summer break from school. While students from all economic backgrounds have the potential to experience summer learning loss, children from low-income households tend to lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Most youths lose about two months of math skills in the summer. According to the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, research shows that that high-quality summer learning programs can not only curb summer learning loss, they can also help boost student achievement. (http://www.summerlearning.org/)
$50,000 Summer SEE / $20,000 CPEP Ventures
American Savings Foundation awarded $50,000 for the 2017 Summer Enrichment Experience (Summer SEE) program, a partnership between community providers and the Consolidated School District of New Britain.
The Foundation has supported the program since 2011. Other funders have included the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, Farmington Bank, the Fund for Greater Hartford and Liberty Bank.
Students entering grades 1-3 at Gaffney, Smalley and Lincoln schools may be invited to participate in Summer SEE. The program combines traditional morning classroom experiences with afternoon activities provided by local organizations. The afternoon activities, which are designed to be fun, are also designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the classroom period. Organizations that have provided afternoon activities in the past include Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Arts for Learning Connecticut, Bhoga Yoga, LEGO First, New Britain ROOTS and Shakesperience Productions.
American Savings Foundation awarded $20,000 to CPEP for the 2017 CPEP Ventures program.
The Foundation has been funding CPEP programs since 2000. CPEP Ventures is a seven-week summer experience which offers 16-20 students the opportunity to use science, technology, engineering, and math in a work-learning experience. Students are taught to develop, manufacture, assemble and market the products they produce.
In 2013, CPEP won a National Summer Learning Association award for one of their many summer programs. Since then, NSLA and CPEP have worked together to create the awards and speaker gifts for the 2015 and 2016 award ceremonies. CPEP Ventures students were recognized at the 2016 National Summer Learning Association award ceremony for their work on the awards.
American Savings Foundation continues to support summer programs that make the time students spend out of the classroom meaningful, engaging and educational.
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