HARTFORD — The YMCA is now accepting applications for its 2016 scholastic summer program in Hartford and East Hartford.
Now in its fourth year, the YMCA is tackling summer learning loss head-on with its free Y-BELL Power Scholars Academy offered at the Simpson Waverly School in Hartford and the Anna Norris School in East Hartford, organizers said. Power Scholars expands learning in the summer so young scholars can return to school ready to learn.
Scholars attend sessions five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for six weeks, combining enrichment activities, and field trips to make learning fun. Breakfast and lunch are included for all participants.
Studies show that without access to summer learning activities, such as camp, travel, and visits to libraries and museums, children from low-income environments can experience significant learning loss. Over time, low-income children continue to lose ground and by the fifth grade, many are two to three school years behind middle- and high-income students.
To become a Y-Bell Scholar, students must have completed grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5 or grade 6. For enrollment information, contact Nicole Porter at 860-937-7808
or email Nicole.Porter@ghymca.org
Certified teachers lead 90 minutes of literacy and 90 minutes of math instruction each day using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Summer Success reading/math curricula, as well as a leveled reader’s library of multicultural titles. Academic teachers lead literacy and math instruction, and enrichment teachers teach STEM, arts, and other hands-on courses in the afternoon. Students participate in field trips or community service projects each Friday throughout the summer, with the program culminating with a trip to Lake Compounce for scholars with at least 85 percent attendance.