Summertime is an important opportunity to provide enriching experiences for our children. We know that unless we are intentional about engaging young people during the summer months, they stand to lose as much as two months of academic knowledge. And this is especially true for low-income and at-risk youth.
One of the most effective and low cost ways a family and community can help enrich the minds of our young scholars is through reading. To promote the importance of summer reading over the remaining days of summer before school, I am proud to support the White House and U.S. Department of Education's Read Where You Are day of action on July 29. I invite you to join me to help all young people, from our earliest readers to high school students read where you are - from home, at a park, at camp, and at the library (check out the Alameda County Library's summer reading list).
For students attending our court and community schools, ACOE encourages summer reading and literacy to providing continual access to high quality, high interest reading materials. In addition, ACOE and Alameda County Probation are sponsoring a Freedom School Program for our students at Camp W. Sweeney. This inspiring program is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and uses a cultural framework to develop a love for reading and personal empowerment in our incarcerated youth to make positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities.
I invite you to read about the Freedom Schools Program and more exciting events and opportunities from our office below.
L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent, Alameda County Schools