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Preventing summer "brain drain"

By On Your Side Newsroom . CREATED Jun 20, 2014

The Idaho Commission for Libraries and Americorps VISTA volunteers read and checked out books to local children in Winstead Park Friday, as part of the "Literacy in the Park" program.

The program aims to keep kids engaged through the summer break and prevent them from experiencing "brain drain." 

Julie Armstrong, of Americorp VISTA, said the program helps keep kid's educations on track: "They have found that there can be up to three years of learning loss by the time they reach 5th grade if they don't read during the summer and have enrichment activities."

Sometimes referred to as the "summer slide," the effect of no mental stimulation through the summer is most prevalent among low-income students.

Event officials said reading and staying engaged during the break can even have an impact on whether these students graduate from high school and go on to college.