Through an innovative partnership with The Molina Foundation and Cristina Foods, nearly 40 CPS schools received more than 30,000 new children’s books to be handed out to students just prior to summer break.
“At CPS, we know how important it is for students to keep their minds active during summer break,” said Lisa Perez, Manager of Library Services at Chicago Public Schools. “This generous donation will keep hundreds of students engaged in summer reading so that they retain what they have learned thus far and are ready to learn in the upcoming school year!”
Based in California, The Molina Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing disparities in access to education and healthcare. They secured the books through publishing and nonprofit partners, then worked with Cristina Foods, a vendor that provides CPS students with healthy food to distribute them to schools.
“Studies have shown that students who read during the break can prevent summer learning loss, or what educators call the ‘summer slide,” said Rachael Vorhees, Director of Network and Business Development at The Molina Foundation. “Reading just five to six books can keep children on track for the next school year, which is why we are so excited about making sure students have access to books and educational resources over the summer.”