“Seize the Summer!”

That is the message that the non-profit Read Aloud 15 MINUTES wants parents to receive during its “Seize the Summer” campaign that kicks off on Sunday, July 5.

“Daily reading aloud is a tried-and-true way to combat the summer slide that so many school-age children experience,” says Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Executive Director, Bob Robbins.  “The National Summer Learning Association estimates that two months of learning may be lost over the summer months, and low-income children are especially vulnerable.  We believe that reading aloud every day can not only stop learning loss, but actually build knowledge and skills.”

For its “Seize the Summer” campaign, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is providing its more than 3,500 partners in all 50 states with downloadable materials that remind parents, “Don’t forget the books!” along with other summer essentials like sunscreen and sunglasses.

Through its rapidly expanding grassroots network, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES plans to reach an unprecedented number of parents during its “Seize the Summer” campaign.  Indeed, during the past three months, the non-profit has more than doubled its partners nationwide and surpassed 100,000 followers on Facebook.

“We are thrilled that our partners are sharing our message that daily reading aloud from birth is not merely an enhancement to a child’s development — it is an essential requirement,” says Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Co-Founder and President, Dr. Candace Kendle.  “Whether it’s with an infant in your arms, or a school-age child tucked in her bed this summer, daily reading aloud grows brains, vocabulary, knowledge and literacy skills.  We believe when all parents take that message to heart, it will change the face of education in this country.”

July’s “Seize the Summer” effort, one of Read Aloud 15 MINUTES’ three annual campaign pulses in its decade-long push, brings together a diverse coalition of partners — from corporations such as UPS and the Home Depot, to educational giants such as SUNY and the University of North Carolina, to thousands of grassroots groups, such as local school districts, libraries, and day care centers — that collaborate to reach a broad audience of millions of parents and caregivers nationwide.

To learn more and view Read Aloud National Campaign Partner materials: www.readaloud.org/downloads.html

To view Read Aloud National Campaign Partners in your community:  www.readaloud.org/nationalpartners.html

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