On February 17, 2015, Mayor Mike Cahill announced that this summer his administration, in partnership with numerous community business and non-profit leaders, and with the Greater Beverly YMCA as a lead partner, will offer a free six week summer learning program to incoming Beverly first graders.
This program will be designed to prevent summer learning loss to 40-60 children, and achieve gains in our children’s literacy. Children will receive a three hour literacy program each morning followed by lunch and a traditional summer camp experience each afternoon at the Sterling Center YMCA.
Beverly Public School kindergarten teachers, adjustment counselors, and reading teachers have identified kindergartners who can most benefit from this program, and have begun the process of reaching out to their parents to sign children up for the program.
Mayor Mike Cahill Said, “When I took office one year ago, one of my top priorities was to ensure we did everything we could promote year round learning for Beverly children. With the hard work of my administration, school officials and community partners such as the YMCA, today we can say we are making this vision a reality.”
According to the RAND Corporation, Making Summer Count. How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical benchmark in a student’s education. Up to that point, children are learning to read; after third grade they are expected to be able to read to learn. Summer learning loss requires teachers to spend a significant amount of time re-teaching material.
Mayor Cahill continued, “Our goal is to eventually offer this program to all incoming first, second, and third graders who are identified by our schools as needing the program. We aim to ensure grade level literacy by the beginning of third grade and greatly increase the chances for all of our students to succeed in school moving forward. It will also provide teachers greater opportunity to hit the ground running each September with all their students, thereby benefiting every student in class. This will ultimately strengthen our whole school district and thereby the community of Beverly for years to come.”
Funding for this program will be provided through a combination of the generosity of our community partners and grants.