By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,370)
All children and teens are invited to attend a picnic celebrating the power of combining summer meals and summer learning on Tuesday, July 28th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Peppermint Park (at the corner of Smith and Cumberland Avenue) on the East End of Portland is the location of the event tomorrow. Rain date is on Wednesday, July 29th same time.
Mayor Michael Brennan and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker and other special guests will be on hand at the event. It will include musicians, artists, games and a special guest children’s’ author as well as free lunch for children and teens.
Summer learning loss keeps too many children, especially children from financially disadvantaged families,from ready at grade level which is the strongest predictor of future academic success. Summer learning can happen best when children have opportunities to remain active and access healthy, nutrition needs. This picture is just one featured part of the comprehensive Portland summer meals program, which provides fee lunch to children and teens ages up to eighteen (18) and at 18 neighborhood sites across the city according to a press release issued by the City today.
Thanks to the efforts of the “Feeding Bodies & Minds” , coordinating partners and volunteers, almost every summer meal site has been offering summer learning opportunities – such as science experiments, reading, games and crafts – almost every day this summer.