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Literacy Coalition News
May/June 2014


What is the "summer learning slide" all about?

As partners in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we recognize the importance of summer learning in boosting children's reading proficiency. We believe in the power of summer learning opportunities to accelerate academic achievement, support healthy development and enrich the lives of our children. Working with our community partners, we want everyone to encourage our children to read and to talk about the books they are reading. Learn more.

First-grader Bella Tirado poses with other children and with Ginny Carmody of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, Syracuse Superintendent Sharon Contreras and Clifford the Big Red Dog during the SCSD summer book program at Salem Hyde Elementary School. (Paul Riede).

The Syracuse City School District announced an unprecedented "Spring into Summer Reading Program" where every K-5 grade student received 10 books each...that's 92,910 free books! Superintendent Sharon Contreras told the students the books were intended to stop "summer learning slide." The district cited research showing that as much as 85 percent of the achievement gap between students from low-income and high-income families can be attributed to the loss of reading skills during the summer. Learn more

The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, WCNY and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and a growing list of partners will also launch a Regional Summer Learning event on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 2 pm in the Canyon Area at Destiny USA. The event will raise awareness about the importance of summer learning and is also the kick-off of Destiny USA's 'Tykes Tuesday' summer family programming. As an added opportunity, Regal Cinemas will also be presenting age appropriate films at 10 am on the third level for $1 admission. Weekly themes, along with the Regal Cinemas $1 film schedule will be posted on http://www.destinyusa.com under the 'Events' section.

Celebrations of Adult Learners in our Community!

Annually, the faculty and staff of our adult literacy providers recognize and honor the achievements of their adult students who successfully complete an academic or vocational training program. Over the years, these events have grown and are well attended by students, their families, friends and supporters. They are always a very heart-warming, high energy celebration of a monumental achievement in our students' lives.

Twelve days after giving birth, Meggie Howell of Syracuse holds son Christian Cunningham and her G.E.D. diploma following graduation ceremonies held for the Syracuse City School District's Adult Education program at Fowler High School (John Berry).

"Congratulations to all the graduates, and to their teachers, tutors, and families as well," said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "Your collective hard work got you to this day, and this is just the beginning. Hopefully, through literacy and education, you will go on to achieve everything you've dreamed."

New CNY Data Released: CNYVitals.org

A group of industry experts have been collecting thousands of pieces of data about Central New York over the past couple of years, and very few people knew about it. Now, a new round of community data has been published on www.cnyvitals.org, providing insights into the region's arts & culture, recreation, civic engagement, demographics, economy, education, environment, housing, and more.

"The purpose of CNY Vitals is to provide trustworthy, accurate data and information on the trends and issues facing Central New York's residents," said Frank Ridzi, Director of Research and Community Initiatives at the Central New York Community Foundation. "We hope that this information will generate discussion, inform plans, inspire collaboration and spur action."

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