Impact Summer Reading: Summer learning shapes futures

Published 12:10 am Monday, May 25, 2015

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities, studies have found.

The impact can be long lasting, according to the National Summer Learning Association. As a result of those summer disparities, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.

The Salisbury Post is spearheading a fund drive to fight the “summer slide” in middle and high school. The Impact Summer Reading Fund would help every rising sixth- through 12th-grader in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools have a book to read over the summer. Schools will host related summer activities.

Here’s the latest:

Beginning total  $23,537.22

For Carson, West Rowan and South Rowan high schools, from Anonymous … $1,200

For West Rowan Middle School, from Len & Susan Clark … $20

For Henderson School, in honor of Mrs. Patty Freeland, from Barbara Mitchell … $50

For Knox and Salisbury High, in honor of Pastor Steve Combs, we will miss you, from Jayne & Joel Hubbard … $50

For Salisbury High, from Joy Kelley … $20

New total … $24,877.22

Note: The report in Monday’s paper had an incorrect total. Today’s information is corrected.

How to give

For the convenience of parents and teachers, donations may be made directly at individual schools. Just make clear the gift is for the Impact Summer Reading Fund.

All checks will be channeled through the central office to be sure the Post gets the information to publish in the paper.

Other ways to give:

By check, made out to the Rowan-Salisbury School System, with “Impact Summer Reading” in the memo line. Also indicate whether you want the funds to go to a particular school. Tributes are welcome. Please mail to:

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Attn: Tara Trexler

P.O. Box 2349

Salisbury, NC 28145-2349

Checks may also be dropped off at one of the school administrative sites located at 314 N. Ellis St, Salisbury or 110 S. Long St, East Spencer

• By credit card online at Note that credit card companies take approximately a 3 percent fee out of each transaction.

• By transfer, for those who make their donations through Foundations for the Carolinas; please call Meg Dees at 704-224-8840.