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Summer Brain Gain free program prevents the summer slide in kids K-12

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 13:03:38-04

You may have heard of the summer slide when your kids' momentum in school slips back a bit over the time off. Kent ISD is promoting a Summer Brain Gain that will not only help your kids stay on top of what they've learned buy gain some new knowledge, all while having fun.

Kent ISD’s Summer Brain Gain is a program that provides online learning, resources students can engage with on their own and printable packets available to students in grades K - 12 around Kent County and beyond.

Registration for instructor-led courses is available by grade level for all public, private, and homeschooled students starting June 15. These courses and other learning opportunities get underway in June and July and conclude August 7.

Summer Brain Gain programs offered include GRASP, the Grand Rapids Public Schools Program for math and reading that is free for Kent ISD students this summer. Connections to vetted online apps, resources, and links to learning that children and teens can engage in on their own are also part of the program.

Summer Brain Gain also links students and families to educational offerings by area cultural and community organizations who are School News Network Education Everywhere partners such as John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Van Andel Institute, Frederik Meijer Gardens, and Sculpture Park and more.

Printable packets and links to Kent ISD’s Summer Brain Gain program are available through partnerships with Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Literacy Center of West Michigan. Packets can be ordered for printing and pick up at library locations throughout Grand Rapids and Kent County.

The deadline to register for GRASP is June 30. Summer Brain Gain materials and connections will be available through Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Literacy Center for West Michigan starting the week of June 22.

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