Summer break vacation is a time for relaxed schedules and a break from classroom learning. But did you know that some of the best learning occurs outside the classroom? Learning doesn't have to fall by the wayside when school is out.
Sports and recreational activities, creative STEAM projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), and field trip adventures stimulate imaginations and inspire youth for academic and life success. Experts agree that children who read during summer gain skills, while those who do not often "slide back." Students in low-income families experience an average summer learning loss in reading achievement of more than two months.
Especially popular are the spelling and math relay competitions, art activities, and many special field trips including National Geographic Society, Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods, Udvar Nazy Air and Space Museum, Grist Mill Park, and UniverSoul Circus at National Harbor. All their happy smiles say it all!
We are especially grateful to the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club which continues to be a generous supporter of our youth, including a $4,500 gift to underwrite expenses for field trips, as well as additional funding for Back to School supplies.
We invite you to be part of the success of our children and youth. SPARK summer activities continue through August 16, weekdays from 10am - 6pm. We continue to need and welcome volunteers to work with our youth and assist on field trips. If interested, email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many opportunities to volunteer all year round, including to tutor or mentor youth. To learn how you can volunteer or help, visit our Volunteer Opportunities webpage. Together, we stabilize, empower, and engage kids and families to inspire their success!
(United Community E-news, July 2019)