OMAHA, Neb., June 2, 2021 — For students across the nation, remote learning due to
COVID-19-related school closures brought learning challenges, but the most significant has
been academic learning loss. McKinsey & Company estimates that pure and hybrid
remote-learning environments put U.S. students behind an average of seven months from
where they would be if they’d been learning in the classroom1. Even more alarming:
McKinsey estimates students of color suffered more significant learning loss than white
children — as much as 9.2 months for Hispanic students and 10.3 months for Black students.
To help Omaha’s children in low-income homes catch up, Goodwill Omaha’s retail stores
are rounding up for the CUES School System throughout the month of June, with all
donations supporting its “Summer of Learning” program. Through June 30, customers at all
Goodwill Omaha locations can round their purchase amounts to the next dollar — or
higher — and Goodwill Omaha will donate all of the rounded-up money to the CUES
School System.

This summer, CUES Schools — which comprises Sacred Heart, All Saints, and Holy Name
schools — is proposing a bold idea to our community: For the first time, all three east
Omaha schools are offering summer programming to help students maintain and improve
on academics, social and emotional learning, and enrichment opportunities. By keeping
students connected to their schools during the summer months, CUES hopes to continue its
mission of providing quality education to students while supporting families in need.