Release Date: 7/3/2017
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Join Team BCPS as we #KeepKidsLearning over the summer

On National Summer Learning Day, Thursday, July 13, tell us what you are doing

TOWSON, MD — “Summer melt” and “summer slide” could refer to snowballs and playgrounds, but, more seriously, they refer to students losing reading and mathematics skills over the summer because they are not engaged in learning.

This year, Baltimore County Public Schools is joining in the celebration of National Summer Learning Day, , to bring attention to this issue and encourage action. On Thursday, July 13, Team BCPS asks families, students, schools, and communities to share photos and information via social media about what they are doing to #KeepKidsLearning.

Here are some of the summer learning activities and resources available to BCPS students:

  • An impressive 58,000 youth – most of them BCPS students – are enrolled in the Baltimore County Public Library’s summer reading program, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 20. More than 460 secondary students (again, most of them BCPS students) have signed on as program volunteers to assist younger readers.
  • During the month of July, 3,000 BCPS students are engaged in the school system’s extended learning program offered at every middle and high school. Some students will be working to recover credits and others to advance their academic success. The middle school program will focus on assisting students with strengthening their mathematics and reading skills.
  • BCPS is again coordinating Baltimore County’s Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to provide free meals to all children (ages 18 and under) free of charge and without applications or registration. Lunch will be provided Monday through Friday at area branches of the Baltimore County Public Library through Aug. 25. Both breakfast and lunch will be served at selected schools from July 5 – 28. List of exact locations and times is available online.
  • During July, the Office of Title I is offering a STEM camp featuring robotics and coding activities for elementary and middle school students.
  • New summer reading suggestions – Glick’s Picks – are posted each week on the BCPS website thanks to Fran Glick, the coordinator of library media for BCPS and an adjunct professor at Towson University.
  • BCPS is encouraging middle and high school students to use the summer as a time to earn required service-learning hours – or to do additional service-learning to benefit the community and gain valuable skills. The online BCPS service-learning resource directory and the Baltimore County government’s volunteer link called TRUIST are great sources for information about service-learning opportunities and events.
  • The BCPS Office of Mathematics PreK-12 staff has identified online resources to help students practice mathematics skills during the summer.
  • The summer edition of the Parent University TV show suggests day trips and activities free of charge for families. Looking for more fun things to do? Parent University creates a family learning tip for everyday of the year.  Don’t miss the calendars for July and August.
  • A BCPS summer instrumental music camp just concluded. From July 10 – 21, BCPS will host its annual visual arts camp for students in Grades 3 – 12.
  • To be sure that its students and families have plenty of fun and educational things to do this summer, The Panther Express (from Pleasant Plains Elementary School) will be making four stops in the neighborhood on Wednesday, June 19, to share free books, mathematics games, and sports equipment to students and their families. Exact times and locations are available online.

    Visit the BCPS News Center and BCPS News Archive to explore more BCPS news!

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