Staten Island Elected Officials Help Beat the "Summer Slide"

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Staten Island politicians came out to The Children’s Aid Society’s Goodhue Center last week to share their love of reading with summer camp youth for its very first ‘Reading Leaders Day’. Councilwoman Debi Rose, Assemblymember Matthew Titone, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano along with representatives from the offices of the Richmond County District Attorney, State Senator Diane J. Savino and the Staten Island Borough President’s office all led readings to groups of very attentive youngsters. Out on the green lawn, the campers were all ears as their “Reading Leader” brought the book to life in his/her own unique and entertaining way.

The Children’s Aid Society is committed to increasing summer learning to counter the effects of the “summer slide.” The National Summer Learning Association reports that “most students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading.” The literacy component of The ]Children’s Aid Society’s summer curriculum addresses the issue of summer learning loss by establishing structured learning time that requires participants to be active readers.