Superhero hands-on literacy stations for children ages 5-17 launch a local spin on a national celebration to promote summer learning on July 14. Power snacks, an endurance course, superhero masks, community leader readers and opportunities to “mad lib” and create superhero comic strips are planned. In collaboration with Harris County Precinct 2, Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, celebrates Summer Learning Day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Youth Education Town Center II (YET Center II) located at 10918 Bentley Street in Houston.
Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Locally the event involves children enrolled in summer enrichment programs through CASE for Kids and Harris County Precinct 2.
Children attending the summer program at the YET Center II and various CASE for Kids Child Care Centers will participate in the event based on the theme, “Kapow! Zap! Read! Every Superhero has a Story.”
The event will feature guest readers from the community, including Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman; City Council Member Mike Knox; Houston Endowment Program Officer Tonyel L. Simon; CASE for Kids Director Lisa Thompson-Caruthers; and Kashmere High School Alumni Association President Huey German Wilson.
“Our event brings local attention to this national campaign which stresses the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy during these summer months,” said CASE for Kids Director Lisa Thompson-Caruthers.
The NSLA recently launched a national awareness campaign and new website to support hundreds of communities across the nation hosting Summer Learning Day events. As part of the campaign, Clear Channel Outdoor is partnering with NSLA by displaying 24 digital billboards throughout Harris County to promote Summer Learning Day on July 14.
“The billboard ads and public service announcements are themed to highlight the NSLA’s Smarter Summers = Brighter Futures campaign, which promotes the importance of summer learning as a strategy in helping young people get ahead in the new school year,” said Lee Vela, vice president for public affairs, Clear Channel Outdoor-Houston.
Sponsors for the event include Harris County Precinct 2, Education Foundation of Harris County, Sprouts Farmers Market, Clear Channel Outdoor-Houston, Lakeshore Learning and McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Learn more about this effort by visiting www.summeropportunity.org.
About the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids: CASE for Kids, formerly the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, was launched by Harris County Department of Education in 1999. CASE for Kids is an after-school intermediary which leverages community resources and strengthens the capacity of the out-of-school time field. Services benefit approximately 12,000 kids in greater Harris County. CASE for Kids programs happen before and after school, on weekends and during the summer. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org for information.
About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: www.hcde-texas.org.