For kids, summertime signifies no school and unlimited time to play and have fun with friends. While the time is a welcome break, it’s also important kids return to school in the fall ready to learn. How do you prevent kids from going down the “summer slide”? Put the June 18 United Way Day of Action on your family's summer to-do list!
Each June, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit during the United Way Day of Action. It's an opportunity to LIVE UNITED and take collective action to address challenges facing individuals and families in those communities. In Greater Cincinnati, 2016 events are focused on engaging parents, caregivers and kids in building reading skills and preparing for kindergarten.
“Summer learning opportunities are critical in preventing learning loss and are especially important for low-income students who lack access to enrichment programs once the school doors close for summer,” said Amber Brown, senior education manager, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.” Ensuring that all children and youth have the opportunity to learn in the summer is a critical strategy to closing the achievement gap in our community.”
United Way will host two Day of Action events on Saturday, June 18—Wild About Reading! at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Kindergarten-Readiness Fun Fair at UC East in Batavia.
Wild About Reading!
Get Wild About Reading! from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Cincinnati Zoo Peacock Pavilion. Tickets are $7 per person which includes parking.
Click here to purchase tickets.
This event will feature educational family fun, prizes and giveaways for the first 1,000 attendees and on-site volunteer activities.
Scheduled activities include:
African dance and drumming – Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute
Children's dancing and singing – Growing Sound
Hip-hop dancing – Elementz
Jump rope making and family jumping – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
Live animal encounter – Cincinnati Zoo educator
Puppet show – Madcap Puppets
Short-story writing on typewriters – Wordplay Cincy
Family volunteer activity – United Way Volunteer Connection
Photobooth – TapSnap
- Life-sized board game – The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co.
Healthy plate activity – YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Calming yoga for kids – The Yoga Bar
Kindergarten-Readiness Fun Fair
Rain or shine event to include:
Crafts for kids
Healthy cooking session
Information on summer library programs
Interactive story telling, crafts
Prize raffle for completing a passport by visiting all the activity stations
Signup information on immunizations, library cards, WIC, Girl Scouts
Brown County Public Library, Mt. Orab branch
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati Face Painters
Clermont County Public Health District
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Help Me Grow
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown County
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati