Suncoast 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.”

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.

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 this year, 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 providers Fraction 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%