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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

July 7, 2006
TO: Reporters, editors, producers
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | amylunday@jhu.edu
RE: Stop Summer Slide! National Summer Learning Day is July 13
On Thursday, July 13, 22 cities will celebrate the third annual National Summer Learning Day, dedicated to the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities to prevent K-12 students from succumbing to the "summer slide."

Summer programs send young people back to school each fall ready to learn, with less need for review of what they learned the previous school year, said Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University, which sponsors the observance.

"The overarching goal of Summer Learning Day is to celebrate the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people and their families," Fairchild said. Festivities include:

  • In Baltimore, Coldstream Park Elementary School will host "Books: They're Full of Drama!," featuring the integration of reading material with drama and history. The school will also offer theatrical performances depicting heroic Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and President John F. Kennedy.

  • In White Plains, N.Y., Morry's Camp will host Education Expo, an evening of fun and learning to showcase projects and activities campers have completed so far during the summer.

  • In Sorrento, Fla., the East Lake County Library will host Special Guest Storytime, with guests reading stories and attending a party with children and their families.

  • In Columbia, Ky., Casey Elementary School will showcase student-produced plays, puppet shows and music videos before an audience of school district employees, families and the community.

  • And in Washington, D.C., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will host "Creating Opportunities for High-Quality Summer Learning," at noon in 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Obama and Fairchild are expected to speak. To cover this event, contact Adam J. Segal at (202) 422-4673 or adamjsegal@jhu.edu.

    Fairchild is available for interviews to share summer learning suggestions, such as those found in this online tip sheet: http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home06/jun06/learning.htm l. To speak with Fairchild, contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960. To learn more about Summer Learning Day, visit www.summerlearning.org.

    List of participating cities as of July 6:

  • In Maryland: Baltimore, Annapolis, Waldorf, Hagerstown and Manchester
  • Washington, D.C.
  • In Virginia: Richmond
  • In Illinois: Chicago
  • In Kentucky: Ashland, Columbia
  • In Mississippi: Booneville
  • In Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • In Washington: Bellingham
  • In Florida: Leesburg, Clermont, Fruitland Park, Englewood, Sorrento, Astor
  • In Louisiana: Shreveport
  • In Nevada: Fernley
  • In New York: White Plains

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