The school year has ended or is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean learning should. We know it is important that children continue to exercise their brains over the summer to prevent the loss of critical learning gains, also called the “summer slide.” We encourage children and families to incorporate summer reading and learning into their activities in the months ahead. Children who keep their brains active and engaged during summer vacation are more likely to return in the fall confident and prepared for the new school year.
There are ample opportunities for continued learning over the summer. If you are looking for summer resources to share with families and students, you may consider starting with these tip sheets:
Some of Lincoln’s finest recently attended the second year of STEM workshops offered by Golden Apple. There, using simple, inexpensive and readily available materials, teachers learn how to engage students, trigger their curiosity and sense of wonder, and foster collaborative problem solving.
Summer break is beginning for schools across the state, so we want to make sure that all students continue to have access to healthy meals. Many children rely on free and reduced-priced meals during the school year, and the Summer Food Service Program steps in to help fight hunger during the summer months by providing free meals for children 18 and under. We are excited to be able to administer this program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Families and children can call (800) 359-2163, text “FoodIL” to 877-877, or visit SummerMealsIllinois.org to find the nearest summer meals sites. The webpage will continue to be updated as more sites are added.