Avoiding the Summer Slide Through Community Programs

Even though students in Natrona County have a long summer ahead of them, they will still be able to continue their education. Our Kimberly Barroteran shows us how students can keep up their learning, while having fun. 

With students getting out of school this week and on to begin their summer break, the Natrona County School District shares several opportunities within the community they would enjoy and also to avoid any learning loss.

NCSD has released a 49 page Summer Sun E magazine which is full of resources to enroll students into free or low cost programs and summer camps in Natrona County. Director of public relations Tanya Southerland says there’s a range of activities that would be of interest to students.

“We’re incredibly fortunate that we continue to see exceptional opportunities for students to be engaged not only in that kind of continued summer learning, but also in things like summer camps. The planetarium has wonderful opportunities for students. And then also a lot of our community partners offer summer camps. So that way those students have a safe place to go during the summer when mom and dad or their parents and guardians are at work.”

Parents, Shelly Nicolaysen says every summer she often takes her kids to the library and enrolls them in a camp to keep them engaged.

“Their school had some summer camps and so they would do some summer camps. This year she’ll be doing, she’s going to do one at the science zone. It’ll be later in the summer. And we’ve never done that. But I think we’re looking forward to that.”

As students will have just about three months of being outside of the classroom. Southerland says it’s important to continue their education while making it memorable.

“There are so many great things to keep students engaged in reading math, science, whatever the case may be throughout the summer. We know it’s important to have fun and kind of relax and really enjoy that summer but also keep engaged so that way we can have an exceptional start to the start of the next school year.”

Kimberly Barroteran, Your Wyoming Link, Casper.