Lo­cal groups pro­mote sum­mer learn­ing

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The Town of Den­ton, in part­ner­ship with the Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­brary, Fire­flies Den­ton and Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools, took part in Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing Day Thurs­day, July 12.

The event strived to in­crease aware­ness about the ben­e­fits for con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing the sum­mer months when chil­dren are out of school.

Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­brary, Fire­flies Den­ton and Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools all set up tables at the cor­ner of Mar­ket and Third streets in down­town Den­ton with in­for­ma­tion about sum­mer learn­ing. Fire­fies Den­ton mem­ber and Den­ton El­e­men­tary

School em­ployee Pamela Smith also read a book to chil­dren.

Den­ton Town Coun­cilmem­ber Don­cella Wil­son pre­sented a procla­ma­tion from the town in sup­port of Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing Day. Wil­son also is the pres­i­dent of Fire­flies Den­ton, which is a youth or­ga­ni­za­tion with the goal of be­ing a cat­a­lyst to unify com­mu­nity groups to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth and young adults.

“We saw an op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the li­brary to help kids avoid that dip in learn­ing dur­ing the sum­mer,” she said. “We al­ways hear teach­ers talk­ing about the sum­mer slides where teach­ers have to reteach things for stu­dents.

“We want kids to pick up a book and read dur­ing the sum­mer to con­tin­u­ing the learn­ing growth,” she said. “Af­ter they read the book, then write about the book. Go to the li­brary and re­search some­thing that you find in­ter­est­ing. Just con­tinue to grow those skills.”

Fire­flies Den­ton have part­nered with the Ch­ester­town­based youth or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Bay­side H.O.Y.A.S., to start a book club. Mem­bers from each or­ga­ni­za­tion will be read­ing the book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

“We just want to keep kids learn­ing through­out the sum­mer,” Wil­son said. “Our com­mu­ni­ties on the Eastern Shore are too small not to con­nect with each other. We need to have those part­ner­ships. The Bay­side H.O.Y.A.S. have been a great part­ner to us. To­gether, we all can help kids con­tinue to grow.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Town of Den­ton, Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­brary, Fire­flies Den­ton and Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools meet with chil­dren for Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing Day Thurs­day, July 12.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Den­ton Town Coun­cilmem­ber Don­cella Wil­son, left, presents a town procla­ma­tion to Tara Hill-Coursey dur­ing Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing Day in Den­ton Thurs­day, July 12.

Fire­fies Den­ton mem­ber and Den­ton El­e­men­tary School em­ployee Pamela Smith reads to chil­dren dur­ing Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing Day in Den­ton Thurs­day, July 12.

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