Libraries, teachers and community partners are teaming up to help all Kent County area students with some learning during the summer. Called Summer Brain Gain, opportunities include approved online learning resources, instructor-led two-week classes, free math and reading programs, activities from cultural and community organizations, and printed activity packets.
Area superintendents asked Kent ISD to create the program in an effort to encourage students to continue learning and stem the anticipated “learning loss” due to the pandemic. Missing so much school during the closure may mean students could be a year behind the typical progress expected, according to Kent ISD’s press release.
Learning options through Summer Brain Gain include:
- GRASP, the Grand Rapids Public Schools program for math and reading, free for Kent ISD students this summer (GRASP registration deadline June 30)
- Printable learning activity packets available beginning June 22 through Kent District Library, the Grand Rapids Public Library and Literacy Center of West Michigan
- Instructor-led two-week classes (some beginning in June, others in July and ending by August 7)
- Educational offerings by area cultural and community organizations who are SNN Education Everywhere partners such as John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Van Andel Institute, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and more
All resources are located at Summer Brain Gain.