Celebrate Cultural Arts & Literacy during National Summer Learning Day 7.13.17

Ubuntu Village School & Holy Savior Catholic Academy Will Celebrate the Importance of Summer Learning at Arts, Literacy & Safety Event in Wichita

 Event Marking National Summer Learning Day 2017 Will Be One of Hundreds Across the Nation Aimed at Keeping Kids Learning, Healthy and Safe this Summer

Wichita, Kansas – Ubuntu Village School and Holy Savior Catholic Academy, in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), will highlight the importance of summer learning opportunities with local partners: StoryTime Village, The Wichita Griots, Performance artist Angeline Edmondson and The Wichita Fire Department on July 13, 2017 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Academy, 4640 E 15th Street North, Wichita, Kansas.

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer. On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups – all to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer. This year’s goal is to reach two million youth.

Event Highlights

  • 10:00 a.m. – StoryTime Village (PreK-Kindergarten), Fire Truck Tour (1st-4th), Griots (5th-8th)
  • 10:45 a.m. – Griots (PreK-Kindergarten), StoryTime Village (1st-4th), Fire Truck Tour (5th-8th)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Fire Truck Tour (PreK-Kindergarten), Griots (1st-4th), StoryTime Village (5th-8th)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Ice Cream Social
  • 1:00 p.m. – Trip to the Ulrich Museum (1st-8th)

“This summer learning initiative is a reminder that if we want our children to maintain and build upon gains made during the school year, we must provide them space, services and support to continuing thriving throughout the summer. It is only right Ubuntu Village and Holy Savior continue to be that resource by participating in National Summer Learning Day,” says Angela Scott, Head Mistress of Ubuntu Village School.

According to Dr. Delia Shropshire, Principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy and Board Member of Ubuntu Village School, the school has been dedicated to supporting student achievement throughout the summer. “We offer a breakfast and lunch program open to the community as well as summer learning opportunities annually. On July 13, we celebrate with our children and families, our commitment to that goal.”

Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. A survey conducted by NSLA, indicated that two-thirds of teachers said they spend at least a month re-teaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.

Low-income youth also lose access to healthy meals over the summer. Six out of every seven students who receive free- and reduced-price lunches lose access to them when school lets out. And, research shows that children gain weight twice as fast over the summer compared to during the school year. Moreover, a lack of opportunity for meaningful mentorship and work experience prevents many older youth from successfully completing high school and entering post-secondary education or careers. See more at Summer by the Numbers.

NSLA’s Smarter Summers, Brighter Futures website supports promotion of National Summer Learning Day with an events calendar, summer meals locator, and user-friendly resources for families, summer programs providers, and municipal leaders – all to help keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer break.

The National Summer Learning Association is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works, offers expertise and support for programs and communities, and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. For more information, visit http://www.summerlearning.org.

About Ubuntu Village School

Ubuntu Village School is a grassroots community education initiative which emerged out of a common desire to design and create supplemental educational programming for our community.  Through strategic community linkages, Ubuntu Village School facilitates an enriching, culturally appropriate and positive learning experience designed to enhance students’ personal, social and academic outcomes.  Ubuntu Village officially opened its doors in September 2014 at Holy Savior Catholic Academy.



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