The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center is presenting “A-May-Zing May” to help keep students from falling behind academically in the summer.


The center is providing resources for parents to work with their children during the summer.


“Between the end of one school year and the start of the next, every student risks summer learning loss,” according to a news release.


To arm children against this “summer slide,” the parent center is providing free Summer Learning Packs, PALs (Parent Assisted Learning Modules), ACT Aspire Exemplars and age appropriate books during May.


According to a report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2016, “summer slide” statistics show that students can lose up to 2.6 months of math skills over the summer. Students can increase their math retention by two-thirds by doing 10 minutes of math per day in the summer, the news release said.


“On average students lose two months of reading skills over the summer. Two to three hours per week during summer vacation is needed to prevent learning loss. The equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer vacation. Six weeks in the fall are spent re-learning old material to make up for summer learning loss,” according to the release.


Parents are urged to visit the Title I Parent Center at 1215 W. Pullen St. and pick up free summer learning packs. Details: 850-2008/2009.