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Just say no … to the summer slide at Tahoe-Truckee

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Students participate in the Summer Neighborhood Reading program in 2014.

Now that the end of the school year is just about a week away, most kids are thinking about sleeping in, having some extra TV time, riding their bikes, playing with friends, maybe going to a summer camp or two, and just overall taking a break from the daily routine of school.

But just because school is out doesn't mean the learning has to stop. In fact, a well researched phenomenon called the "summer slide" can cause kids to lose up to two months of learning if they don't stay educationally active during the summer break.

Thanks to the efforts of a multitude of local organizations including Tahoe Truckee Reads, Excellence in Education Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Boys & Girls Club and many others, there are many educationally based summer programs available to local kids this summer at minimal to no cost.

Here is a sampling of some of these summer programs:

Aim High: While on the outside, this program might look like "summer school" it's not. Aim High is an intensive, four-week program that combines academics with leadership, citizenship and adventure for middle school kids. The Aim High program is housed at Kings Beach Elementary School. Transportation is included, and the program is free. Incoming and current middle schoolers can talk to their teachers if they are interested in the program.

Summer Scholars: Younger students in grades K-4 who may need some summertime intervention and additional literacy support have the option of participating in the K Camp and Summer Scholars program hosted by the school district. The programs run three weeks and are offered at Truckee Elementary and Kings Beach Elementary. Young students must be recommended for the Summer Scholars program by their teacher. All incoming kindergartners are welcome and encouraged to participate in the K Camp.

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Tahoe Truckee Reads!: This program is offering a little something for everyone this summer. There are summer reading programs planned at the Truckee, Kings Beach and Tahoe City libraries, the Kings Beach Family Room, and the Tahoe Lake Elementary School Library. All the summer reading programs have special events planned, with games and prizes awarded based on the number of books read over the summer. Neighborhood reading programs are also planned at the Donner Creek Mobile Home Park, Truckee Pines Apartments, Henness Flats Apartments, Tahoe Vista Park and El Andar at Truckee Elementary.

Information about special events, online reading programs, reading lists and more can be found at tahoetruckeereads.org. Also, look for the special Summer Learning Guide to come out in the Sierra Sun on Wednesday, June 17.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. Visit exined.org to learn more.