Summer in a Box combats the “Summer Slide”
We're ensuring children are reading at grade-level


Summer can be a challenging time for families to provide their children with learning opportunities and many students fall behind when they return to school the following year. This summer, United Way partnered with Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency to battle the ”summer slide” with over 500 kids in the Sacramento region. With funding provided by Get in the Re(a)d Zone, a signature initiative of 50 Fund – the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, United Way created Summer in a Box, which has two components – literacy activities and free books. Each box contains over 60 literacy activities that focuses on a different literacy skill. The program also provides each child with one book per week for six weeks.

Summer in a Box has been greeted with much success. Each week, children in the program are able to bring home one book to build their home library and work on literacy activities all in the hopes of combatting summer slide.

Summer in a Box is a program of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.