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NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING WEEK (JULY 12-16) TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEED FOR FUN, QUALITY SUMMER EXPERIENCES FOR EVERY YOUNG PERSON IN AMERICA
National Summer Learning Association’s Week-Long Celebration Launches with National PSA Campaign, Virtual Summer Splash Events and Family Resources to Help Students Recharge, Heal, and Reclaim the Joy of Summer
Editor’s Note: Interviews available with subject matter experts on summer learning, as well as opportunities to visit program sites and interview participants and program directors.
WASHINGTON, DC (July 9, 2021) – Summer is a time for fun, exploration, and yes, for learning, especially after a year of COVID-19 setbacks for America’s most vulnerable students. That’s why the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) leads the annual National Summer Learning Week (July 12-16) – an awareness and advocacy celebration to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, earning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school each fall ready to succeed and thrive.
“High quality summer and afterschool programs can change the trajectory of a young person’s life. This year, our focus is on supporting academic and social-emotional gains, and celebrating educators, youth providers, and community partners who are the true heroes providing safe, healthy and enriching experiences throughout this pandemic,” said Aaron Philip Dworkin, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association.
Daily themes throughout the week are designed to inspire summer learning programs across the nation, parents and caregivers to participate in activities during the celebration and to focus attention on different critical summer issues like nutrition and social emotional wellness to literacy and the arts or the enriching possibilities of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and youth employment opportunities for older youth.