QUAD CITIES (July 10, 2019) — Thousands of Quad City-area youth keep learning all summer long at enrichment camps. On Thursday, July 11, they will all gather at the TaxSlayer Center to celebrate efforts to curb summer learning-loss.

The event, National Summer Learning Week, begins at 10AM. The media is invited to see all the activities and to interview campers and leaders about their summer.

Stepping Up for Summer Learning

We will celebrate at Stepping Up for Summer Learning this Thursday, July 11, 10AM-1PM, at the TaxSlayer Center. The event, sponsored by John Deere, is the single largest summer learning in celebration in Iowa and Illinois. Nearly one-thousand children enrolled in summer camps in the Quad Cities will gather for this event, which will include a short concert by the River Music Experience Band followed by time on the center floor with activities provided by 30 partner organizations. Participating camps include: Spring Forward, Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, Martin Luther King Jr Community Center, The Salvation Army, Skip-A-Long, Two Rivers YMCA, Camp Excel, and Camp Re-Imagine.

Spring Forward has 300 children enrolled at enrichment camps this summer and is promoting summer learning community-wide with billboard and t-shirt campaigns.

Billboard Campaign

Spring Forward, with support from the Rauch Foundation and John Deere, organized a billboard campaign in partnership with RockTown Reads, Read Moline and East Moline School District. Let's keep our kids reading all summer long!

Be Kind, Read Books Campaign

“Be Kind and Read Books” is Spring Forward’s message this summer, and we are asking friends to spread the word by modeling our new cool, lightweight t-shirts. A special thank-you goes out to over a dozen businesses who are wearing our t-shirts during National Summer Learning Week. T-shirts are on sale for $18. Proceeds from t-shirt sales support our Spring Forward summer campers. By modeling our shirts, you’ll be a positive role model for our kids.

Spring Forward Summer Camps

This video tells our camp story well! We have 300 children enrolled at six elementary school sites. We also partner with the Martin Luther King Jr Community Center to provide teachers for their summer camp.

Our camps are designed to help children avoid the “summer slide” that occurs while they are out of school. Over the past four years, more than 90% of students attending camp have maintained or gained in reading levels over the summer.

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