During this past year, students spent most of their time online learning.  This could mean that summer school will be a lot different this time around.

Kids want to get outside and have some fun, but what about adding a little fun to summer school that might look a little more like camp?

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According to the Lansing State Journal:

To combat the social-emotional learning loss many students experienced this year, Lansing School District is pairing classroom learning with art, music, athletics, trips to the zoo and even horseback riding in its summer school program, or SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic re-engagement).

This sounds like a terrific idea, summer school that feels more like summer camp.  And I'm sure kids will really enjoy summer school in a whole new different way.  If you make it fun and exciting, chances are kids will get more out of it.

The Lansing State Journal adds:

"We really want to see academic gains this summer--that's the main focus," said Teri Bernero, who is helping organize summer programming for Lansing School District.  "At the same time, we understand these are kids.  They need an outlet, they need to participate in fun activities, explorational activities.

For students who are behind in school or have been struggling during this past year, this will be a great opportunity to get back on track, especially with the new school year starting up in a matter of several months.

Lansing State Journal also tells us:

The district is partnering with organizations like the YMCA and Potter Park Zoo to offer K-6 students two summer learning sessions.  Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade can enroll in two four-week sessions beginning June 21, where they'll complete traditional classroom learning and take up subjects like health sciences, human services and information technology.

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