The sun is staying out longer, the temperature is rising, flowers are grown and the trees have their leaves..oh yes lets not forget about our lovely friends the bugs and insects, so what does all that mean? Summer is almost here!
Here’s a question? What is there for kids to do to stay safe and outta trouble in the summer?
CPS has a few options: such as the Summer Bridge Program. Involves intense reading, writing and math for children in 3rd, 6th and 8th grades whom don’t meet the promotion criteria as to the Board Policy. For more information contact your local CPS.
Up Grade is another CPS reading program that’s free for Kindergarten-2nd grade for those whom are not yet at their grade reading level. Reading, writing and library help Mon-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at many elementary schools around Chicago. Regular track schools is being held June 22nd through July 28. Track E schools (year round) will be held June 22nd through July 21. For more information contact your local school
Summer reading program at your local library. Book Beats for children up to age 14, visiting authors, book raffels, music and more. For more information call Children and Young Adult Services at 312-747-4780. For a list of libraries www.yellowpages.com
Swimming, art and crafts, field trips, making friends and more contact 312-742-PLAY or your local Chicago Park District for ages 6-12 summer camp
Interested in making some green (money) in the summer. Children ages 14-21 can get jobs, internships and other opportunities. Deadline to apply for these opportunities ends June 3rd 2011. For more informaiton www.cps.edu then click summer programs
Free nutritious meals.. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks for children up to age eighteen are being offered this summer by USDA after schools close. Good nutrition is important in keeping the children’s minds and bodies healthy. There ae hundreds of locations around Chicago: community parks, churches, public schools and others. For more information call Your Child’s School, Illinois State Board of Education www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/summer.htm which has a list of approved sites, Illinois Hunger Coalition Hunger Hotline 1-800-359-2163 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Archdiocese of Chicago Nutrition Services (773-GR8-FOOD) 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday www.Gr8Food4Summer.com. Greater Chicago Food Depository (773-247-3663) 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Organizations above speak English and Spanish