Wheatley resolution calling for ‘Summer Learning Day’ unanimously adopted by House

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley’s resolution designating July 13 as “Summer Learning Day” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the House today.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, put forth H.R. 426 as a means of drawing attention to the importance of keeping youth learning, safe and healthy during the summer – and ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the academic year ahead.

“Summer learning loss is a significant contributor to the ‘achievement gap,’ which remains constant during the traditional nine-month school year but widens during summer months,” Wheatley said. “By adopting this resolution, my House peers and I are acknowledging that summer learning is a critical component to preparing our youth for success in college, careers and life.”

Wheatley said a wide array of public agencies, community-based organizations, schools, libraries, museums, recreation centers, camps and businesses contribute to year-round learning by operating summer programs.

He added that summer learning programs also offer older youth meaningful activities that allow them to explore careers of interest, take on new responsibilities, contribute to their community and earn money.

Regardless of age, these programs also are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth, keep children safe and healthy during summer months, and send them back to school in the fall more ready to learn, Wheatley said.