Project Summer Stride: Week Four
Week four occurred close to the July 4th holiday. We had fewer students than normal attend, but the 15 that did attend had a blast! In addition to the normal welcome activities, tutoring time and lunch, the children visited the Children's Room at Richland Library for stories and a puppet show. They enjoyed "The Old Lion and Fox" puppet show and sang along with Ms. Sherry as she read Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop!. They also chose two books to take home; they each now have a "library" of over ten books at home.
Unfortunately, many school children have limited access to nutritious food during the summer months. We noticed that many of the Project Summer Stride students arrived hungry each week and were unable to focus. We decided to offer them a small breakfast at the start of each session from now on. After their breakfast this week, the children were more engaged and responsive during tutoring and seemed to enjoy their day much more.
Each week brings its new challenges and successes, and Project Summer Stride continues to grow and improve. Stay tuned - we have five more weeks of growing to do!
- IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Project Summer Stride is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- Summer Food Service Program Sites
The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children in low-income areas can continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.