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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

  • Field trips, health and fitness programs and summer reading programs are just a few of the activities targeted for Phillips County youngsters who yearn to hone their learning skills during the summer months.
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  • Field trips, health and fitness programs and summer reading programs are just a few of the activities targeted for Phillips County youngsters who yearn to hone their learning skills during the summer months. Phillips Community College, KIPP Schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County and the Phillips County Museum are among the organizations that will be sponsoring and organizing the summer learning activities for the youngsters. KIPP has something planned for students in all grades – from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Most of the educational opportunities are part of field trips, called “field lessons” that include visits to the Children's Museum in Memphis, the Fire Museum of Memphis as well as taking in a Redbirds game and putting their math skills into action. Historical trips include treks to Little Rock, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Eighth graders will participate in a Civil Rights tour of the South that includes stops in Memphis, Birmingham, Ala. and Montgomery Ala. Some older students will get the opportunity to visit various college campuses across the country. “Field lessons are a great way to not only enhance learning from the previous year, but introduce KIPP students to new experiences and cultures, as well as build character skills such as curiosity, persistence, social intelligence, teamwork and self-control,” said Scott Shirey, KIPP executive director. “Aside from 'field lessons' KIPPsters will experience during the month of June, students will go back to school on July 15, helping to limit summer learning loss,” added Shirey. The Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County also has several summer learning program events scheduled. They include: •Positive Sprouts – Helps improve club member's health habits and nutrition through gardening. •Smart Moves – An alcohol and drug awareness program. •Smart Girls – A health, fitness prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. •Passport to manhood – a health, fitness prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for boys. Phillips College's list of summer educational opportunities for youngsters features a Workplace Communication Workshop from 6 to 8:50 p.m. June 17, 19, 24 and 26; Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers Workshop, 6 to 8:50 p.m. July 15, 17, 22 and 24; PCCUA Summer II Session, July 8-Aug. 8; Workshop in the Arts Summer Program, June 10 to July 11; GEAR UP 2013, Summer of Innovation (SOI) project June 3-28; and Tae Kwon Do summer classes, June 4-July 11. Phillips County's Summer Reading Program continues through the remainder of June. On June 18, Jon Hutto, park interpreter with Delta Heritage Trail State Park, will present a program dealing with the origins of The Delta. June 25, Bob Tarter will return with a program called, “Groundbreakers!” The programs will be presented at 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Helena, Lake View and Marvell libraries respectively. Some local school districts also may be offering some summer educational opportunities including summer school. Check with your specific school district officials for times, dates and enrollment requirements.
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