All across America this month, parents are signing their children up for summer camp and activities, positioning them for chances to further learn and grow when schools close for summer break. But for too many parents in the United States, this is simply not possible.
This includes countless parents in the country’s vast pockets of poor rural areas, where the learning opportunities run dry for kids in the summer. From the most poverty-stricken towns of Appalachia in the east, all the way to California’s distressed Central Valley and desert areas in the west, children are falling educationally behind their wealthier peers during the summer months.
Organizations like Save the Children and the National Summer Learning Association are working together to help close this achievement gap – one child at a time – but we need more help.