According to the National Summer Learning Loss Association, summer isn’t all fun and games for some children and youth. Many struggle to access basic needs, such as healthy meals and a safe place to hang out with friends, as well as opportunities to continue learning. Children and youth who do not engage in reading, critical thinking and problem-solving during the summer lose these vital skills, which can impact their learning far beyond a two month break from school.
In fall 2012, Learn4Life Columbus began an important conversation with community leaders about the problem of learning loss and the importance of healthy meals. Learn4Life, along with representatives from Children’s Hunger Alliance, Columbus City Schools, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Resource Center, Battelle and other critical community partners came together to develop a community plan that addresses summer learning loss.
Make Summer Count! is the outcome of months of the collective work of many caring individuals. Whether you are a parent looking for a safe place for your child or a student looking for a place to spend your days this summer, we hope you will consider Making Summer Count.
Make Summer Count! is a collaboration of nearly 50 community organizations throughout Franklin County. We are nonprofits, corporations, city leaders, teachers, professors, graduate students and volunteers.
We bring a range of experience and services to the table, all united by the same cause. We believe all children and students deserve equal opportunities, regardless of their zip code or family’s income. We also believe learning should never stop, which is why we are introducing reading and math activities at selected meal sites and day camps this summer.
The following is a list of community partners: