Mayor and Supt. kick off summer learning

image Mayor Coleman speaks with children about their summer learning lists

Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva and Saint Paul Public Library Director Kit Hadley helped kick off 2013 summer learning in the City of Saint Paul today at the Riverview Library. Children from across Saint Paul gathered at the library to talk to the Mayor and Supt. Silva about their favorite books and summer activities. They also compiled their summer booklists and previewed the free summer meals offered to Saint Paul youth through the Summer Meals Program.

“Summer learning loss is real and contributes to a growing achievement gap in our schools. We have a duty to end the achievement gap in our schools, and this campaign gives parents an easy-to-remember tool to help minimize learning loss in the summer,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “We know that when children are exposed to stimulating activities during the summer, and when they are given healthy meals, they are more academically prepared when class starts up again in the fall. This program helps level the playing field between children from low income families and their more affluent peers.”

Parents can help prevent summer learning loss by encouraging their children toDo The Summer Countdown!These six simple stepshelp keep kids’ bodies and brains active all summer long – and retain more of what they learned in school.

5 days a week of active play

4 new places to visit

3 fresh fruits and veggies daily

2 summer projects

1 time a day with a good book

0 soda—drink water

Visit for more countdown ideas.

The Summer Meals Program begins Wednesday, June 12. See the summer meals locations and schedules at parks and recreations centers, libraries, and public schools, or locate your local summer meal site.