In an effort to support Rochester’s children and honor D. C. Mangum’s legacy of community service and support for youth, an annual literacy festival is held to spread the word about the important role that summer learning plays in ensuring that all children advance, rather than regress academically during the summer. Organizers are planning an event that is designed to target Rochester’s elementary children and help combat the potential two month “learning loss” that can occur for many children during the summer months when they are out of school. Evidence indicates that this summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading.
Rochester’s third annual D.C. Mangum Literacy Festival will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Riverside Elementary School.
This fun event is designed to engage Rochester’s elementary-age children and to promote summer learning! Families can stop by the various booths at the festival and each child attending will get to personally select books to take home.