Why We Do It
Students living in poverty typically lose three months of reading growth every summer due to the lack of access to books, commonly referred to as 'summer slide'. This accumulates to a three year achievement gap by the end of sixth grade leaving students living in poverty significantly behind with little to no chance of closing the gap.
This literacy gap can change the course of a child's life. A student living in poverty not reading at his or her grade level by the end of the third grade is six times less likely to graduate high school and 63 times more likely to be incarcerated.