United Way Regina’s Literacy Program partners with Knight Automotive Group, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and Chinook School Divisions.
Swift Current — Beginning July 22 – August 2, All Saints and Ecole Centennial will have 30 students back in the classroom ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 3. For 10 days these students will be attending the Summer Success Literacy Camps, a brand-new program to the Swift Current area. Summer Success has been achieving great results in improving literacy for Regina kids for the past 4 years. With the generous support of Knight Automotive Group and an anonymous donor, United Way was able to expand the program to Weyburn, Moose Jaw and Swift Current, as well as increase the number of camps in Regina.
“At Knight Automotive we recognize the effects of the 'summer slide' over the school break that can cause a loss of reading progress and can have cumulative, and long-term effects. We believe that children are our future, and through this program they are provided with purposeful reading habits that can bring them into the school year with not only enhanced literacy skills, but also with confidence. With the previous success of this program in Regina we believe we can see the same in our community. We look forward to watching the success of this program here in Swift Current and are proud to be a part of the Summer Success program with United Way, along with the support of the Holy Trinity and Chinook School Divisions” notes Jason Dyck, General Manager, Knight Dodge.
“In December when the decision was made to centralize and close our local United Way office, I was optimistic that over time it would open doors for better opportunities within our community. Over the years, I’ve seen the success of United Way’s Literacy Camps in Regina and am beyond excited to see it become available to Swift Current. This is what a new modernized United Way looks like to me: credible, quality assured, and measurable outcomes. Summer Success is exactly that.” says Stacey Schwartz, Literacy Coordinator Swift Current Area (Former Executive Director of Swift Current United Way).
A partnership was created with United Way Regina, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and Chinook School Division to help stop the ‘slide’ in literacy for children at risk by delivering literacy camps for vulnerable readers. “Several years ago, the United Way of Regina shifted much of its funding towards improving educational outcomes for young students. The Summer Success reading program was one initiative, directly aligned with the provincial educational goal of improving grade three reading levels. The camps are designed to mitigate "summer slide", a well-researched phenomenon that describes the regression of reading skills of a vulnerable student population over the summer vacation. The camps held in previous years have demonstrated incredible stories of success for many children fortunate enough to participate. Holy Trinity Catholic School Division and Chinook School Division are thrilled to welcome the program to the City of Swift Current and look forward sharing this wonderful opportunity with our students.” said Sean Chase, CEO Holy Trinity Catholic School Division
Why Summer Success? It’s in the Research - Research has shown that summer learning loss has a major impact over time. According to the National Summer Learning Association (1),
this learning loss or ‘slide’ is equivalent to 2 months’ worth of skill loss for each summer and by the time a child is in grade 3, they will be two years or more behind in their reading compared to peers who are exposed to reading opportunities over the summer months. As these children continue falling behind through the school years, they are at risk to not graduate. This is a reality in many schools in Swift Current. "Summer reading is critical for a child's ability to retain information learned and gain new knowledge. I'm excited to be a part of the Summer Success program that will help students strengthen their literacy skills," adds Tracy Haack, Summer Success Centennial Camp Lead Teacher.
“It takes a community to raise a child. In partnership with the United Way Summer Success Program, I believe we can further develop our local students literacy skills. Swift Current is fortunate to receive the benefits of this exceptional literacy initiative. Thank you, United Way, for helping our readers today become leaders tomorrow.” explains Annette Klevgaard, Summer Success All Saints Camp Lead Teacher