Alumni Association Donates Books to Combat Summer Learning Loss
[Winder, Ga., May 7, 2019] – The Glenwood Barrow County High School Alumni Association’s (GBCHSAA) mission is to preserve its heritage and to focus on future generations through literacy. That is why they have taken a bold, active step to help combat the “summer slide” for 3rd graders at Winder Elementary School in Barrow County. They have donated 10 books to each of the 97 third graders at the school, a gift worth over $12,000.
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading and math skills over the summer months – what educators refer to as “summer learning loss.” Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al. 2004).
The Glenwood Barrow County High School Alumni Association donated ten books to help combat summer reading loss. The first five books were given to students at the end of January included Dog Man and Cat Kid, Because of Winn Dixie, The Mighty Miss Malone, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, and Ghost. The second five books were given to students on May 6th, the day after the school’s library closed for the school year. These included Bud, Not Buddy, Mouse Overboard!, Bad Kitty – Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, A Big Day for Baseball, and My Magic Tree House Journal.
Principal Jerry Stapleton of Winder Elementary School said that “we are thrilled and extremely grateful for such a generous gift.” Winder Elementary School has five classes of 3rd graders, totally 97 students. Each student received 10 books total.
The books are gifts to the children to keep as their own; for some students, this is the first book they have ever owned. Johnnie Burks, Founding President and Executive Director of GBCHSAA, called the donation their “anthem” as this year’s alumni project. She said that “we want them all to enjoy the experience of reading.”
The Glenwood High School was established in 1951 as one of Georgia’s first public consolidated schools for African Americans. Part of a statewide equalization effort to improve school buildings and preserve segregation, Glenwood became the only public school for black students in Barrow County. The Alumni Association is comprised of former educators and graduates of Glenwood Barrow County High School that continues to support education in Barrow County. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Mouse Overboard! by Geronimo Stilton
Bad Kitty – Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne
My Magic Tree House Journal by Mary Pope Osborne
Shenley Rountree, Director of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships - 770-867-4527 or Shenley.Rountree@barrow.k12.ga.us
Johnnie Lay Burks, Founding President and Executive Director for the Glenwood Barrow County High School Alumni Association - email@example.com