Theme Days and Resources

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has transformed our annual national awareness day for summer learning into a week-long celebration through five unique theme days! We encourage you to participate by visiting a summer learning event or program with your children. Scroll down to see the focus for each day and join us on social media with #SummerLearningWeek.

Kick-Off Day

Share Your Summer Learning Story | Monday, July 8

What inspires you about summer? Everyone has a summer story to share. Whether it’s a memory from your own childhood, progress in your community around summer learning, or an amazing moment from your summer program, we want to know!

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Discovery Day

STEM | Tuesday, July 9

It’s been fifty years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the moon. NASA now tells us the “Next Giant Leap” is Mars. Turn science-fiction into reality, through exploration in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and open up possibilities for all young people to soar this summer.

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Masterpiece Day

Arts | Wednesday, July 10

Research confirms that the arts prepare students for school, life, and work. Summer is a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts, and so much more. Spark the imagination and a muse that delights the spirit of child.

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Future Leaders Day

Career & College Readiness | Thursday, July 11

Ready, Set, Succeed! Support a student in charting their course for success during and beyond high school. A summer job, internship, mentorship, or plan to pursue higher education sets our future leaders on a path to change the world.

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Bookworm Day

Literacy | Friday, July 12

Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. Let imaginations run wild in books this summer. Under a tree, in makeshift tent, or at the local library, dive into a literary adventure!

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Winning at Wellness Day

Nutrition & Wellness | Saturday, July 13

Healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand-in-hand in stemming summer learning loss. Summer is the perfect time to get on our feet and get moving. It’s also an opportunity to savor the flavors of seasonal fruits and vegetables to avoid summer weight. And because hunger takes no vacation, be sure to check out free summer meal programs.

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