Stepping Up for Summer Learning – July 12
The Quad Cities will again be home to the single largest Summer Learning Day event in Iowa or Illinois! Stepping up for Summer Learning, organized by Spring Forward Learning Center and sponsored by John Deere, will host more than 800 children from twenty summer camps at the TaxSlayer Center.
The event is a summer learning pep rally with a rock band, enrichment activities, a book give away, lunch and more. This is the second year for the event, bringing camp providers, community partners, funders and others together to celebrate summer learning.
“Summer and afterschool programs help Quad Cities students, families, and businesses get a step ahead. These programs keep kids safe and fed, inspire them to learn, and empower parents and caregivers to pursue careers while their kids are attending the programs,” says Nate Clark, Vice President of the John Deere Foundation and a National Afterschool Alliance Ambassador. “Research shows that students regularly participating in high-quality summer and afterschool programs attend school more often, do better in school academically, gain critical social skills, and are more likely to graduate.” Funding for the Stepping Up for Summer Learning event was provided by John Deere.