ReadBoston’s Storymobile Rolls Around Town

July 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM Leave a comment

ReadBoston’s Storymobile has been spotted all over Boston this summer, delivering free books and engaging storytelling activities in neighborhood centers and playgrounds in every corner of the city.

Now in it’s 17th year, the Storymobile works to combat the phenomenon known as the Summer Slide, which can put students without access to books as far as 4 months behind their peers when school starts again in the fall. Researchers find that while children from lower-income households make as much progress as their peers from middle-income homes during the school year, the skills of students from lower-income homes slipped away during the summer months. They further find that the effects of the Summer Slide are cumulative and concluded that 2/3 of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school. With access to as few as six books to read and re-read over the summer months, children can start to beat the Summer Slide and hit the ground running in September.

Stopping at over 80 sites each week, the goal of the ReadBoston Storymobile program is to promote regular reading and to build literacy skills outside of the classroom. At every site, children actively engage through songs, movement and other activities led by ReadBoston’s professional storytellers. Each child who attends the Storymobile receives a free, new book to take home with them. All sessions are completely free and open to the public, so come on down and join us for an entertaining and educational hour!

The program began on July 9th, and will continue through August 17th. A full schedule of weekly times and locations can be found on our website, readboston.org. Check out these photos for a glimpse at some of the fun!

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