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Center Hits a Home Run With Pirates


Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates and EverFi for partnering with the Plum Borough School District to create the Summer Slugger program, a learning program that helped students at Center Elementary avoid the “summer slide” and stay on-track for academic success as they returned to school earlier this year.

The “summer slide” is a term that refers to a student's regression in achievement which may occur over the summer. Typically, it is during the summer months that students do not have the opportunity to practice and reinforce what they have learned during the school year. Research shows that “two months of reading skills are lost over the summer” and accumulated regression is more likely to occur at higher grade levels when instruction is continually focused on remediation from the previous year.

EverFi, a leading education technology company, joined forces with Major League Baseball and created the Summer Slugger program to help students continue their learning over the summer months; thus avoiding the “summer slide." Summer Slugger offered an engaging learning experience that prepared students of all backgrounds for their upcoming year. The 18-week program was designed for fourth and fifth grade students to reinforce critical math and language skills using game-based learning modules. 

To learn more about this program and how it can support your child's academic success, visit here.

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