Stepping Up For Summer Learning 2018–July 12th

Area school-aged kids attending local summer camps will be bused to the Taxslayer’s Center on Thursday,  July 12th,  for a pep rally celebrating summer learning followed by a morning of enrichment and literacy activities.   This is the second year of the event and we are expecting 30 community partners to participate in the fun day that also includes a sack lunch and Popsicles.  The activities kids can participate in during this free event include zoo animals, hands-on molecular activities, lock and dam demonstrations, writing games, flood model and tornado simulator, a drum circle and more.  

“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. 

In 2017, SFLC organized the first annual Stepping up for Summer Learning at the i-Wireless Center on July 10 to highlight the importance of summer learning. More than 600 kids attended from Spring Forward Learning Center, the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, Martin Luther King Jr. Community  Army, Skip-A-Long, and Two Rivers YMCA. The event was planned in partnership with United Way and sponsored by John Deere.

We hope our community partners continue to see the value and impact of out-of-school time programming. We know every hour counts for tens of thousands of kids in our community.