Summer Reading Challenge Results

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partnered with summer camp providers and summer learning academies to encourage reading and help reduce the “summer slide.”

2021 results will be posted in Fall 2021

Summer is a time of great inequity for young people. During the summer, many young people and their families lose access to critical support that keeps them safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. Research shows that children from asset-limited families can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer, and children who do that consistently can wind up two years behind their classmates by the end of sixth grade. This decline is called the “Summer Slide.”

In 2020, the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, funded by The Patterson Foundation, engaged with 79 summer providers from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties to encourage children to read at least six books during the summer months. Students who participated in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge received a brightly colored silicone bracelet for every book they completed.

In total, 5,302 children participated in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, with 4,430 completing the challenge by reading at least six books. In total, they read 94,383 books!
SCGLR obtained aggregate performance data for 79 summer providers who worked with elementary school-aged children for at least four weeks during the summer months. SCLGR compared the first diagnostic reading test the students took in the Fall of 2020 with the last diagnostic reading test administered in the Winter or Spring of 2020 for an indication of reading skill loss.

The Data

Of the 5,302 students who participated in 2020, 73% had no learning loss over the summer. The National Summer Learning Association reports that low-income children typically lose two to three months in reading over the summer months.

SCGLR proudly congratulates the sites that had at least 65% of children showing no reading-skill loss.

Summer providersFraction of children with no reading-skill loss
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast—Charlotte
100%
Gulf Gate Elementary School
100%
Tuttle Elementary School
100%
Venice Elementary School
100%
Girls Inc. of Sarasota County
95%
Sarasota Parks and Recreation—Woodmere
90%
Tatum Ridge Elementary School
90%
City of North Port Parks and Recreation
90%
DeSoto County Summer School
88%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County—Robert and Joan Lee
88%
Sarasota Parks and Recreation—Longwood
86%
Bayfront YMCA
86%
Franz Ross YMCA
85%
THIS BOOK IS COOL! direct to families in Charlotte County
84%
THIS BOOK IS COOL! direct to families in Sarasota County
83%
Our Y Inc.
83%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County—Gene Matthews
83%
Casa San Juan Bosco
83%
Ashton Elementary School
82%
Sarasota Parks and Recreation—Colonial Oaks
80%
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast—Manatee
80%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County—Family Services Center
80%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County—Englewood
80%
Manatee County Parks and Recreation—John H. Marble
78%
Phillippi Shores Elementary
78%
Sarasota Parks and Recreation
76%
Manatee County Parks and Recreation—G.T. Bray
75%
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
75%
Lakeview Elementary School
75%
Southside Elementary School
75%
Englewood YMCA
75%
Englewood Elementary Schoool
75%
Storybook Learning Academy
75%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County—Palmetto
75%
Dive into Reading
73%
Fruitville Elementary School
73%
Laurel Nokomis School
71%
Charlotte Harbor YMCA
70%
Bradenton Dream Center
70%
Venice YMCA
70%
Emma E. Booker Elementary School
68%
Gocio Elementary School
67%
Ave. 941
67%
Imagination Station
67%
Bay Haven School
67%
Brentwood Elementary School
67%
Charlotte County Public Schools Summer Program
66%
Educare Port Charlotte
66%
Alta Vista Elementary School
66%
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County—Lee Weatherington
65%
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