Summer Slide

Monroe Community College

A health- and education-focused summer camp at Monroe Community College now has funding to continue its operations.

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation announced a $1.3 million grant to the Be A Healthy Hero Summer Camp on Thursday.

“We are truly grateful,” said Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College. “We would not be able to run the program this way – to include all the fun and learning that we do – without this support.”


The Summer Meals Roc expects to give out about 5,000 free cold meals every day this summer to kids under 18 in the city of Rochester, no questions asked. That adds up to more than 300,000 meals between now and September.

“(There are) roughly 21 or 22,000 students who do access their meals through school if you think about the summer months; that becomes potentially a burden for families,” said Aaron Lattanzio who coordinates the program.

The school year is quickly coming to an end, which means students of all ages will spend months outside of classrooms and formal instruction. Experts say summer learning loss can contribute to gaps in student achievement, especially in low income communities. So what can parents and caregivers do to help close the gap? Our guests:

Summer break is coming for students, but in Rochester, that can be a big problem. The Rochester City School District is partnering with the city, county, and other partners to combat "summer learning loss." That's what happens when students don't go to school, don't read, don't study, don't learn for three months. We'll sit down with the superintendent, as well as others who are looking for ways to make summer a productive time for kids -- particularly for at-risk kids. our guests:

Bolgen Vargas, RCSD superintendent
Marisol Ramos Lopez, City of Rochester commissioner of recreation
Tonia Burton, children's services consultant with the Rochester Public Library


At the end of this school year, students in the Rochester City School District will be sent home for the summer with an armload of books.

It's part of an annual effort to prevent what's known as "the summer slide" - the literacy loss that often occurs in between school years.

And now, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center say they know how to make that program even more effective:  Let students pick out books they actually want to read.

This Week on Need to Know Rochester - 7.18.13

Jul 17, 2013

Coming up this week on Need to Know Rochester we examine how the Trayvon Martin case is reverberating throughout the Rochester area. Also on the show, a look at one area school working to curb the "Summer Slide," and an area researcher's latest find is rocking the art world. Tune in this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV Channel 21 and Cable 11 or 1011.