March 15, 2022 — Without daily reading practice, children can lose up to three months of literacy skills over the summer. In the aftermath of school closings and decreased access to summer learning programs, children are at a higher risk of losing reading skills than ever before. However, reading at least 20 minutes a day can significantly boost vocabulary and prevent learning loss.

To keep children in rural America learning this summer, Save the Children is hosting a 100 Days of Reading challenge. What is the 100 Days of Reading Challenge?

Save the Children challenges children and families to read at least 20 minutes every day from June 1 – September 8. To help, Save the Children is providing partners with resources, tools, and funding to support a local reading challenge in their community as a fun way to encourage reading all summer long.

Who is this for? Children and youth through grade 12; children can read on their own, to someone, with someone, or be read to.

When does it start? The 100 Days of Reading Challenge starts June 1 and will run through September 8 (World Literacy Day) What do challenge hosts need to do?
•  Determine a local point person to lead the challenge in your community
•  Identify community partners to assist with this challenge, such as your local school, learning center,
faith-based partner, housing authority, or public library
•  Determine how you will promote and encourage participation – consider using your local radio and newspaper, social media, and signage around your community
•  Tell families how they can participate in the challenge, and ensure they keep track of their reading time
•  Report the total number of participants and minutes spent reading each month
•  Award prizes and celebrate children’s efforts, and earn recognition and incentives for your community if you are one of the top communities in total minutes read Rotary Clubs that serve high-poverty, rural communities may apply for block grants of $2000 to support a local challenge. The link to apply will go
out the first week of April, and applications are due by April 30.

What if I have questions? Join us for a project overview and Q&A session March 23 @ 3:00-3:30 EDT.  Meeting info below.
https://savechildren.zoom.us/j/92335608014?pwd=RzFDdVNsaWd1RnRBRkRqS3YvMXdGUT09
Meeting ID: 923 3560 8014
Passcode: 728129