In 2012, State Senator Vincent Hughes created the Read to Succeed Program to engage students in literacy over the Summer months. The goal of the program is to promote literacy and prevent the phenomenon known as “Summer Slide.”
Studies prove children who do not read during the Summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that has a cumulative, long-term effect. Summer reading loss during the elementary grades accumulates to an achievement gap of 18 months by the end of sixth grade, and accumulating to two or more years in reading achievement by the end of middle school.
Providing a solution, The Read to Succeed Summer Program (R2S), founded by State Senator Vincent Hughes, is a comprehensive, and intentional reading program that provides PreK-3rd grade students and their families with year round opportunities to engage with and have access to reading materials and instruction.
Summer Program Design
-Free 5-week literacy program: 20 hours per week, 120 minutes of reading instruction per day by experienced, certified teachers
-Offered at on-site locations
-Administered by The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
-A pre-assessment and post-assessment are administered to program participants
-Each registered student receives a literacy kit that includes books, literacy activities and supplies, home-connection literacy strategies and information about community resources
-Connecting with families through workshops