By Brandon Hatler
Research shows when students in low-income communities leave school for summer break, many are unable to sustain the learning and reading skills obtained during the previous school year due to a lack of resources. As a result, many return to school in the fall with achievement levels lower than when they left for the summer break. Known as the “summer slide,” this can force teachers to spend the first several weeks or more of the new school year reviewing lessons from the previous year.
To help address this, KPMG will host the Read to Achieve: Summer Reading Challenge – encouraging students to continue reading during the summer to ensure students have the books and necessary school supplies to foster learning as they prepare for the upcoming school year. The Summer Reading Challenge is being conducted in partnership with the award winning non-profit social enterprise First Book and will include the donation of the firm’s five millionth book through KPMG’s Family for Literacy (KFFL) program.
“The key to unlocking potential in the next generation of leaders is with access to books – something that is unfortunately still holding millions of children behind,” said Rob Arning, Head of Citizenship at KPMG LLP. “For more than ten years, KPMG has been committed to helping address the issue of illiteracy through the KFFL program and by putting new books into the hands of children in need.”
More than 65 KPMG offices across the nation will be partnering with local summer-school programs or community organizations serving children in grades K-5 to compete in a national challenge that will provide over 75,000 books and 35,000 school supplies for children in need. At the end of the Challenge, one winner will be selected in 12 KPMG markets based on the highest number of minutes they read.
The Challenge will be bookended by kick-off and wrap-up events hosted by KPMG offices throughout the country. KPMG partners and professionals along with spouses, family members, and alumni will volunteer at these events.
For additional information or arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Hatler.