Summer is often seen as a time for young students to
relax for a couple of months. However, education experts warn that too much
down time in the summer can create issues the following school year. In an Indianapolis
Public Library study, researchers found that children can lose two months of
achievement if they take summer completely off.

Indianapolis Public Schools Parent Involvement
Coordinator Deborah Black said, “As an educator who has always worked in urban school
districts, I know the impact of summer learning loss on students and teachers. Children
don’t ‘catch up’ in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with
their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over
the summer are two years behind their classmates.”

Reading
books is one of the best ways to prevent summer learning loss, and there are
several opportunities around the city, both free and paid, for students to stay
sharp during the summer.

The Indianapolis Public Library runs their 2015 Summer Reading Program now through July 25 with prizes as incentives for reading.

The Summer ReadUP Program sponsored by the United Way of Central Indiana offers students around the
city a summer reading program that runs June 15-July 31. Families can choose
from multiple days, times and locations to take advantage of this free opportunity.

100 Black Men of
Indianapolis, Inc., offers a six-week summer academy for K-8 students that
combines academics with cultural and recreational activities to prevent that
summer performance slide. The enrollment fee is $175. The academy is located at
Harshman Magnet Middle School and runs June 15-July 24, from 7:30 a.m.-3:30
p.m. You can get more information and register at 100blackmenindy.org.

The Martin Luther
King Community Center Summer Enrichment Program
provides both
leadership and learning opportunities to students through academics and
recreation. It runs June 15-July 31, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration fee is
$25 per child or $40 per family, and the cost is $60 per week per child.

James
Whitcomb Riley School 43 Parent Involvement Educator (PIE) Agnes R. Shelton also
suggests the following “excellent programs” for students to enjoy: Kheprw Institute Summer STEM Bootcamps. With an Urban Agricultural Camp
going from June 15-July 3 and a Computer Coding Camp going from July 6 to July
24, and full scholarships available, they offer great academic opportunities
for students who want to get dirty or get “nerdy” this summer!

PIEs also want
parents to remember they are their student’s first teacher! Look for every
day opportunities to keep your students learning. For example, if you are in a
restaurant, have your student add up the cost of the meal or figure how much of
a tip should be left (you decide on the percentage!).

We look forward to all our students returning to school
on August 3 ready to learn!

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