Thursday May 30, 2013
From safari camps at the Louisville Zoo to the reading program in the libraries to water and insect studies at Jefferson Memorial Forest, Metro Government offers 80 learning programs for students during the summer break, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
“There’s no excuse for students to spend the summer losing all the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year,” Fischer said. “Many of the city’s summer programs are free or low-cost -- and, more importantly, they’re fun and educational.”
Fischer today released a booklet, “Summer Learning Programs: A guidebook for children, young adults and their families,” that lists all the Metro programs available. It can be downloaded at the city’s website, louisvilleky.gov
Fischer also joined JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Joe Tolan, president and CEO of Metro United Way, at a news conference today to encouraging families to stay involved during summer. JCPS, United Way and Metro Government last year formed the Out of School Time Coordinating Council to ensure a wide network of programs and activities across the city when school is out of session -- be it after the school day, on the weekend or during summer break.
Fischer said Louisville Metro Parks recently hired Ben Johnson as Assistant Director of Recreation and Programming to help identify and establish effective youth programming within the community and to focus on Parks community centers.
“Ben has been an avid youth advocate for over 20 years and is working to rejuvenate and bring focus to Out of School Time opportunities in our Community Centers through partnerships and outreach,” Fischer said. “The goals include working with local organizations to provide computer resources and internet access within the centers to align with JCPS’ Every 1 Learns Initiative.”
Fischer also today announced that Metro Parks recently received a $50,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles and active living to nearly 500 children participating in city summer camp programs.
The grant will support the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown effort to improve physical activity and nutritional habits. This grant will also provide 90 additional children the chance to participate in the River City Drum Corp arts based programming during the school year at Parkhill Community Center and Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center.
Summer Learning Programs: Guidebook