School's Still in: SUmmer QUest Combines Learning & FUn!

Did you know that summer learning opportunities can help close the achievement gap?

About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap in reading between low and high income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years. Low-income youth, in turn, are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.

A student shows Chancellor Dennis Walcott her blog.

To help promote equity in learning for all students, The Fund supported NYC Summer Quest for its second year. NYC Summer Quest infuses the best practices of academic preparation and enrichment with the glorious fun of summer camp. NYC Summer Quest served even more students than it did in the first year, with 1,780 students participating in Summer 2013 in the South Bronx across 11 different sites. Check out our official NYC Summer Quest videos and this ABC-TV feature with Chancellor Walcott to see the program in action.

We had a chance to tour the NYC Summer Quest sites and saw so many great activities: students dissecting frogs to study anatomy and build scientific vocabulary, planning a virtual trip across the world to bolster math and geography skills, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Botanical Gardens, and honing their skills in everything from blog design to drumming.

We are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring together a strong group of funders for NYC Summer Quest, including: Altman Foundation, Catherine & Joseph Aresty Foundation, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Ford Foundation, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Community Trust, New York Life Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, Jack Rudin, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, William E. Simon Foundation, Spurlino Family Fund and Target Corporation.

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