The achievement gap between rich and poor.

 

It widens every summer.

It’s not easy to get students to do their summer reading. But more and more studies are showing it’s crucial. In fact, students who read during the summer are far more successful at maintaining — and enhancing — the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year. Students who don’t read, on the other hand, lose valuable ground in the academic process.

The real problem is with underprivileged students. They lack the resources higher-income families can provide such as ready access to books and mentoring — along with extra-curricular learning activities such as educational camps and trips.

 
 
 

“I’d just like to say that this a very unique program that has been an important part of my summers for the past several years. Read to Succeed has kept me reading new things and expanding my interests. Thank you.” – 8th grader

 
 
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You shouldn’t need to be affluent to be fluent in reading.

According to the 2017 R.I. Kids Count Factbook, only 25% of low-income 3rd graders met expectations as compared to 56% of higher-income 3rd graders (orange vs. yellow). The statistics for rising 8th graders were equally disheartening as only 21% of low-income 7th graders met expectations as compared with 54% of higher-income 7th graders.

2017 R.I. Kids Count Factbook