Educators push to enroll kids in summer learning programs

Nine in 10 teachers spend at least three weeks reteaching lessons from the start of the school year, according to the National Summer Learning Association.

Summer learning coordinators say they encourage students to participate in educational programs throughout the summer, but they’re also fighting the stigma that summer programs are a punishment.

The hallways look as though school’s out for the summer, but they don’t sound like it.

Eighth-grader Jasmine Rains says she didn’t know Livingston County’s summer Ozone program would be so fun. “I thought it wasn’t going to be as exciting, and moving around all the time, I thought it was going to be kinda boring," she says.

Between pinball and classroom portions, Jasmine says she’s glad to have so much to do.

Site coordinator Malinda Jones says learning in a fun environment is the best part. “We wanted to dispel the whole notion of summer school as we used to know it," she says. 

The Federal Community Learning Center says children lose about two months-worth of math skills during the summer.

Jones says keeping math and reading skills up is about keeping kids’ attention.

“We want them to change their perception of education," she says. "We want them to realize learning is fun.”

To keep their attention this time,  they’re going to Greece.

Jones says, in their program, they’re able to provide breakfast, lunch, and limited busing to and from the school. Similar programs are available in Ballard, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken counties.

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