Summer Learning Challenge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago has put together a summer learning challenge in an attempt to prevent brain drain this summer!

Commonly referred to as “summer slide” or “brain drain,” student learning loss over the summer months has long been a subject of concern for parents and educators. With the impact of COVID-19 and E-learning, it is more important than ever for students to continue their education over the summer.

What is the challenge?

Littles will dedicate 500 minutes to Chicago Public Library’s reading challenge & dedicate 500 minutes of learning on Khan Academy this summer! The summer is 8 weeks long so you can break the challenge down to 125 minutes a week or 40 minutes a day for 25 days!

The challenge starts 6/28/21 and ends 8/20/21.

Download your Summer Reading Log here!

Chicago Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge: Start with Art

Read at least 500 minutes (20 minutes a day for 25 days)
EBooks, chapter books, informational books, graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks
Read to or with family and friends
All reading counts!

This will be the website for the Summer Challenge. If you choose to participate in CPL’s reading challenge they also will have prizes for participating!

Khan Academy

Over the course of the summer, spend 500 minutes (20 minutes a day for 25 days) learning on The platform is completely free and simply requires you to create an account.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

How do I participate?

Log the minutes read each week and print out your weekly report on Khan Academy and send both directly to on each of the dates below!

What is the schedule?

Start of the Summer Learning Challenge: Monday, June 28th, 2021

First Raffle: 250 minutes

Submit your minutes on July 9th (winners will be announced July 12th)

Midway Raffle: 500 minutes

Submit your minutes on July 23rd (winners will be announced July 26th)

Third Raffle: 750 minutes

Submit your minutes August 6th (winners will be announced August 9th)

Final Raffle: 1000 minutes

Submit your minutes on August 20th (winners will be announced August 23rd)

End of the reading Challenge: August 20th, 2021

*submit hours by emailing Anna Stolz at a copy of your Khan weekly reports or your reading log.