WHRO’s Children’s Services Help Fight Summer Brain Drain

Posted by Anna McDonald on
A group of young readers gather around WHRO’s Raising Readers Van.
Photo courtesy WHRO

School may be out for the summer, but WHRO’s children’s services team has remained hard at work! WHRO Early Childhood Coordinator Martha Razor and Education Assistant Rosalie Rodriguez have been taking part in summer camps and community events throughout Hampton Roads, VA to promote reading and literacy skills to elementary aged children and their parents. (Recent studies show that students can lose one to three months of learning after coming back to school from a long summer vacation).

During June, July and August, WHRO worked with the City of Norfolk’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space to bring WHRO’s Raising Readers Van to summer camps at Bayview Recreation Center, Captain’s Quarters Recreation Center and East Ocean View Community Center.  The station also helped host two week-long SUPER WHY! Reading Camps at the Little Creek-Fort Story Child Development Centers and Children’s Harbor of Portsmouth, designed to show 4- and 5-year olds the power of reading and motivate them to play with letters, sounds and words.

WHRO also conducted van visits and outreach activities at a number of community events including the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia’s Mobile Pantry sites; a Breakfast with SUPER WHY! at Whole Foods Market; and the launch of the Space Racers exhibit at the Virginia Air and Space Museum. 

WHRO's Raising Readers van and summer outreach is only one facet of the station's early education efforts. The station also conducts training workshops with teachers, parents and caregivers throughout the year, and sponsors PBS KIDS Corners in public libraries across the region, among other initiatives. 

WHRO's CEO Bert Schmidt's recent Op Ed in the Daily Press offers more details about the impact of the stations early educaiton services. 

More information about WHRO Education is also available on the station's website. Read more.

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