Summer Learning 2016 Update 2: Summer Programs Foster Community and Real-World Skills

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Boston Highlighted in National Summer Learning Day Celebrations

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On July 14, thousands of students and program providers came together at 900 events countrywide in celebration of National Summer Learning Day.

An article from YouthToday outlined an assortment of opportunities available to students last week, ranging from “Paletas in the Park” in San Antonio, Texas to a ninja scavenger hunt at Craig Public Library on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.

The Boston Summer Learning Community was applauded for its 2016 expansion to serving 12,000 students, exceededing Mayor Walsh’s goal of reaching 10,000 students one year ahead of schedule.

Check out the article here.

Year-to-Year Connections Foster Culture of Community at Boys and Girls Club Sumner

unnamed (15)With a few exciting field trips and two weeks of quality curriculum and enrichment to boast, Boys and Girls Club Sumner is off to its best start yet, says Site Director Nina Vansuch. Incorporating the arts, leadership opportunities, and innovative games into the daily itinerary, BGCB Sumner packs its students’ days with fun ways to keep their minds active during the summer months.

Youth and staff at this longtime Summer Learning Project site enjoy the benefits of having close relationships with each other that have been strengthened over the years. These connections allow for the program to run smoothly.

“We all know each other (staff and youth), and we got started very quickly and established a terrific rhythm by day two!” Vansuch said.

Click here to read what students have to say about BGCB Sumner.

Students Build Portfolios, Teamwork, and Real-World Skills at New Boston Summer Learning Community Program

unnamed (16)Combining school year knowledge with teamwork and community improvement, students at the North Bennet Street School and Madison Park Carpentry and Locksmithing Program utilize hands-on learning to build much more than just construction projects.

The program, a new partner of the Boston Summer Learning Community this year, invites students from the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to expand upon their school year knowledge of carpentry and locksmithing skills. As they gain real-world job experience, students are adding to their portfolios and learning teamwork and communication—all things that contribute to academic, personal, and professional growth.

Click here to learn more from Katie Theodoros, Director of Continuing Education at the North Bennet Street School.

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CBS Boston—Eye on Education: “Teachers Offer Tips to Promote Learning, Avoid ‘Summer Slide'”

unnamed (4)A recent video from CBS Boston’s series “Eye on Education” highlights summer learning as a means of keeping kids’ brains working during the summer. BASB’s Chris Smith, Boston Public School teacher Max Patlan, and Boston Public Schools Project Manager Arianna Miliotis spoke to CBS, explaining the benefits of summer learning and offering tips on how to keep kids on track during their off-school months.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here. 

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