If you’re a middle or high school student, you can make a difference by becoming a literacy volunteer. On average, children lose up to 2 months of reading progress over the summer. The ideal way to maintain reading skills is by continuing to read, or be read to, all summer long.
To become part of the solution, and earn community service hours, the U.S. Department of Education suggests asking your local librarian about opportunities to read to younger children in your community.
Serve.gov adds that if a young person reads only five books over the summer, the effect is potentially large enough to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall. Furthermore, children who are read to at least three times a week, are twice as likely to score in the top 25% on reading tests.
Helping younger children bridge the summer reading gap allows older students to demonstrates compassion, give back to their communities, and learn firsthand that one person can always make a difference. To find a local literacy program, or for more ideas on how young people can serve, visit the United We Serve website.