About two-thirds of the achievement gap between low and high income youth can be attributed to summer learning loss. Many students do not have access to educational experiences and adequate adult supervision once the school year ends. Powerful Schools believes that in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to practice essential skills as well as explore new and exciting things. To help reduce the summer learning loss and the subsequent achievement/opportunity gap, we offer programs providing educational and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer months.
This summer we offered three summer camps, including a fantastic Learning Camp in partnership with John Muir Elementary. From July 9th to August 10th, 90 students attended this five week, full-day camp aimed at improving reading and math skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. Students spent half of their day working on these essential skills while the afternoon was dedicated to enrichment activities such as drama, art and basketball!
“My son did NOT want to go to camp, but I signed him up because I thought it would be good for him. You provided a safe, fun, atmosphere and after the first day he acted like it was HIS idea to go! He learned a lot and had a really good time!”
We also offered week-long Summer Exploration Camps at John Muir Elementary and Graham Hill Elementary, providing K-5 students with fun learning experiences in topics such as art, singing, circus and gardening. In addition, each Wednesday night between June and August, we helped parents choose books for their child’s reading level and hosted family word-game nights as part of our Just Right Summer Reading Program at Rainier Beach Branch Public Library. By continuing to provide programs like these, Powerful Schools helps to not only combat learning loss but also ensure that our students are participating in educational and FUN activities over the summer!
“Fabulous (summer) camp! My kids LOVED it! The combo of cooking, drama, art, and circus, were perfect!”