ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Some dads and Atlanta police officers say it’s a crime if kids miss out on reading and math fundamentals because of school closures.

They loaded up some tools to fight it this week, rolling out what they call their “Real Dads Read” mobile units.

Officers with the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department and dads with the Fathers Incorporated organization provided summer reading materials to Atlanta area children.

The Northwest Evaluation Association reports school closures have caused students to fall behind in their reading progress by 30% and by 50% in math.

Organizers say this effort will help encourage literacy, bridging the learning gap between now and the next school year.

Atlanta Public Schools elaborated more on the program in this press release:

Kenneth Braswell, CEO of Fathers Incorporated explains, “With over 100 literacy centers currently in Metro Atlanta and Columbus, GA, we believe that this partnership will assist us in continuing to keep children reading and engaged with academic material throughout the summer.”

“This program will expand further our officers’ commitment to our District’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, and strengthen the relationships we have built with our students and community members,” said Chief Applin. “At the same time, and just as importantly, it will help our students keep their literacy skills sharp over the summer.”

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