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Closing the Gap

During the summer months, children who lack quality learning experiences tend to lose academic skills over the school break. Such losses, which equate to two months of a grade level each summer, accumulate year after year. Studies have shown that by the end of eighth grade, summer learning loss can account for 66 percent of the achievement gap. The YMCA of Grays Harbor is one of six locations in the country piloting a new program called Power Scholars Academy Camp to fight this summer learning loss. Power Scholars Academy Camp combines math and reading instruction in the morning with camp like enrichment activities and field trips in the afternoon. By marrying the elements of camp with summer learning in an adaptable program model, Power Scholars Academy Camp makes high quality summer learning a possibility. Power Scholars Academy Camp has been infused into the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s summer childcare program. More than 85 kids are enrolled in our program and are fighting summer learning... read more

Park and Play: Feeding more than our bodies

The YMCA of Grays Harbor has partnered with the Aberdeen School District this summer to provide a strong program combining fun and food. This year our Park and Play program serves lunches to kids at three parks in town, serving anywhere between 50 to 150 lunches and snacks at each park each day. It is obvious after only a few weeks of programming that there is a great need for food amongst these kids. Without these lunches, many of these children would go without food or without proper nutrition. However, I think there is a greater hunger than for food in our community: we hunger for community, for friendship and for opportunity. After grabbing a lunch packed with a sandwich, fruit or veggie, some chips and milk, the kids grab a seat around the park, usually at a picnic table. With only a few picnic tables in the park, kids often end up eating with new friends. Conversation usually starts about what is in the lunch that day: what they like or don’t like or have never tried before. There may even be a proposed trade for an extra bag of chips. But the food is only the starting point for finding commonalities amongst new friends as the conversations about food quickly evolve into what game or activity we will do after eating, or even details about life at home or school. Conversation continues as we bring out rubber bands to make bracelets, play dough, or paint. We cheer one another on through hula-hoop contests, hand games and running races. And through it all we are learning one another’s... read more

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