The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and OCPL’s White Branch Library announced the celebration of Summer Learning Day on Friday, June 21, 2013, at  the White Branch Library,

763 Butternut Street, Syracuse, NY
. The event is also the kick-off the library’s Summer Reading Program, featuring a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, followed by a magic show for the kids.

Summer Learning Day, in partnership with The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, is celebrated to bring awareness about the importance of summer learning.  To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. And this shouldn’t stop when the school year does. It’s just as important to keep learning during the summer months.

Attending the news conference: ACTS; Catholic Charities; Central New York Community Foundation; Child Care Solutions; Children’s Consortium; Clear Channels; City of Syracuse; Contact Community Services; Huntington Family Centers; Syracuse City School District; Say Yes to Education; Le Moyne College, MANOS; Onondaga Community College; Onondaga County; PEACE, Inc.; ProLiteracy; Rosamond Gifford Zoo; Salvation Army; Say Yes to Education; Spanish Action League; Syracuse City School District; Syracuse University; United Way of CNY; WCNY & YWCA. 

As charter members of The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading the Onondaga County Literacy Coalition has joined a national movement that targets the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation, grade level reading by the end of third grade, that critical pivot point between learning to read and reading to learn, in the areas of school readiness; chronic absence; and summer learning loss.