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Earlier this week, Homer announced a partnership with Dollar General and Horizons National to bring summer literacy opportunities to low income students. 

What is Horizons National?

The Horizons National Summer Enrichment Program is a network of community-centered academic summer programs that puts low-income public school students of varying abilities on the path to success. Horizons’ mission is to close the achievement gap by providing underserved children access to high-quality academics in an engaging summer program.  It has been well documented that gaps between middle and low income students grow more pronounced over the summer months, when upper income children may attend enrichment programs or summer camps while their lower income peers do not have access to the same costly educational opportunities. As a result, low-income students tend to fall further behind in reading and math during the summer months, while their more economically advantaged peers keep pace or even jump ahead.  This phenomenon, known as “summer slide,” is a major contributor to the achievement gap between middle and low income students and one of the most urgent educational issues in our country.

Summer learning loss leaves low-income students as much as three years behind their higher income peers by the time they reach fifth grade. In contrast, Horizons students gain an average of two to three months in reading and math skills during the six-week summer program, keeping them at grade level or above.

We are so excited to work with Horizons to make a positive impact in several communities!

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Maggie, age 8, with her favorite back to school book!

Can you believe your little one will be going back to school in just a few short weeks? We understand how some children may be feeling anxious to go back, so we’ve come up with a list of our favorite children’s books to help combat those back to school nerves! 

1. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

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Design A Train Sweepstakes!
Enter to win a $100 VISA Gift Card!
TO ENTER:
1. Print the official train coloring sheet here: http://bit.ly/29rmwMY
2. Encourage your child to use his or her imagination and creativity to color and design a train.
3. Take a photo of your child with his or her creation and post the picture to our Facebook page. You may also tweet your entry to our Twitter handle, @LearnWithHomer.
We will randomly select a lucky winner! You may submit multiple entries. Contest ends July 14th at 11:59 PM EST.

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Choo-choo! We are still celebrating the release of brand new lessons, games, and songs at Camp Homer! Here is a fun weekend activity for your child – printable lesson packs! 

Have you joined Homer and friends on Camp Homer’s train ride across America? To download or update your Homer app, visit the iTunes App Store here: http://apple.co/29uyY2n

To print, click on the following links:

“What’s wrong with this picture?”
Can you help Nap find everything that is wrong with this picture?
Print here: http://bit.ly/29nTUU8

“Freight Train Jumble!” 
Cut and paste to create your own train.
Print here: http://bit.ly/29shhAz

“Passsenger – Letter Trace”
Trace the letters to practice writing and forming words.
Print here: http://bit.ly/29tzGZI

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