Dillon County, South Carolina is a poor rural community located along interstate 95, about 70 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach. In Dillon County, roughly two-thirds of students are African-American, one-third are white and 90 percent are low-income.
In May 2015, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) released the report entitled, Read for Success: Combating the Summer Learning Slide
. The study was designed by RIF to determine how schools and communities in the poorest and/or most rural areas could address summer learning loss, and ultimately the achievement gap, through access to opportunity, books, and learning resources.