The Difference a Summer Can Make

  • More than half of the achievement gap between youth from lower- and higher-income households can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, youth from low-income households are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al., 2007).
  • Most students lose about two months of math skills over the summer. Students from low-income households also lose two months of reading skills, despite the fact that their peers from households with a higher income make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
  • It’s not just a child’s academic knowledge that changes over the summer. Most children — particularly those with a high risk of obesity — gain weight more rapidly during summer break (Von Hippel et al., 2007).
Summer does not have to be a missed opportunity for our youth.

We believe summer learning programs are critical to improving academic achievement in Rhode Island; they ensure students continue learning over the summer so they’re prepared to tackle school in the fall.

Our Approach:
  • Service learning.
  • The Co-Planning/Co-Delivery Model.
  • Using hands-on, experiential, real-world learning.
  • Connecting to the community in authentic, helpful ways.
The Results:
  • In 2016, students who participated in the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) experienced an increase of 22 percent in literacy and 30 percent in math.
  • Teachers from traditional school settings have overwhelmingly praised a core component of HSLI’s curriculum, hands-on, experiential learning. These education professionals have recommended this style of teaching/learning be implemented year-round.