Lunch and Learn beat the summer slump

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) This might look like an art class — but it’s actually the community room of the Riverside Housing apartment complex in Scranton.

As kids come to enjoy a free lunch provided by the Commission on Economic Opportunity, they’re also now able to take part in new educational programs.

 
“It’s just fun for kids to get out of the house” Said Mercedes Santiago, a 5th grader

The United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties has started a new pilot program called “Lunch and Learn.”

It’s goal is simple — to provide books and fun activities so kids keep learning over the summer.

 
“Programs like this help to get books back in their hands and help their parents and families learn about how everyday moments can be teaching moments” said Nikki Keller of the United Way

The program is being funded by a grant.

Some teachers who are volunteering their time say the “summer slump” can set low-income youth back two or three months in their reading comprehension.

  
“When they come back at the beginning of the year you have to do so much review, that it kind of wastes time. It’s just nice if they keep going during the summer time and keep reading” noted Mark Fryer, Special Education Teacher at John Adams Elementary School.

At a time when most young kids would be in front of the TV or phone, parents like Inez Walker think the project is nothing but a benefit for her daughter Jasmine.

 
“She gets out of the house and around other kids so it gives me a little break”

Lunching and learning to keep the brain busy

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