By Mayrene Bates
It’s hard to believe that a new school year is here.
Some parents told me that they could hardly wait for school to start, while others said that summer vacation seemed all too short. As a military spouse and teacher, I could hardly wait to send my two boys back to school, though I did enroll them (when possible) in summer school and library reading programs. It’s very important that school districts, business partners and families provide learning opportunities for students during the summer months.
Research points out that over the summer, many students tend to lose some of their school-year gains, especially in lower-income and rural areas. Some districts in Solano County provide food as well as activities at some schools. In addition, libraries do a good job of providing reading programs as well as fun activities that keep children learning and having fun at the same time over the summer months. It’s also important that school districts find ways to engage parents by promoting more contact with parents, even during the summer months.