In order to combat summer learning loss, the City of El Paso is giving away 10,000 free books this summer.

As part of National Summer Learning Day, El Paso children and teens can get their share of 10,000 free books being given away at various locations around the city on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Summer learning loss is a phenomenon where student’s educational retention regresses over the summer months when school isn’t in session. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research conducted over the span of 100 years shows that scores lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than at the beginning of summer.

Recent studies by Dr. Karl Alexander of Johns Hopkins University show that economically disadvantaged students are more susceptible to summer learning loss in core areas such as math and reading. The effects of summer learning loss are cumulative and can affect students year after year.

El Paso Summer Learning Day hopes to curb summer learning loss by engaging students as well as parents with special programs and activities that encourage learning.

The public will be able to get their free books by visiting:

  • Public Libraries
  • Recreation Centers
  • Museums of Art and History
  • El Paso Zoo
  • Downtown Artist and Farmers Market

For specific details of each event, please visit summerlearningdaymap.org or call (915) 543-5433.