Summer Fun & Learning Expo set for Saturday
The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office and Birmingham City Schools, in partnership with the Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham Park and Recreation, will kick-off summer with the Summer Fun and Learning Expo. This event will provide families with a one-stop-shop experience to learn about available summer programs in the Magic City to combat summer slide and to keep children safe, active and engaged through the summer months.
The FREE event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham Crossplex.
“Summer’s a great time for relaxation but it’s also a great opportunity to keep our young people engaged,” said Mayor Woodfin. “The Summer Fun and Learning Expo is a fantastic combination of entertainment and education for students, keeping their skills sharp while also providing those unforgettable moments and experiences that make summertime so special.”
Research indicates two months of reading skills and two and a half months of math skills are lost over a single summer. Those numbers are even greater in low-income homes, with researchers citing that low-income students lose more months of reading achievement than any other group. Keeping children active and engaged during the break can help them be more successful in the classroom when they return for the following school year.
“While traditionally we think of summer learning as a time to help students catch up, we want to encourage our scholars and families to shift paradigms and view summer learning as a time to accelerate academic achievement,” said Dr. Lisa Herring, Birmingham City Schools Superintendent. “Summer engagement not only supports the retention of skills and knowledge that our scholars have gained during the academic school year, but it also provides an opportunity for mastery of those skills, as well.”
For more information about the Summer Fun and Learning Expo, contact the Division of Youth Services at (205) 320-0879, Birmingham City Schools at (205) 231-4750, any Birmingham recreational center or any branch of the Birmingham Public Library.