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Family Event Focuses on Summer as a Season of Learning
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MPB event promotes summer learning activities to avoid summer learning loss

JACKSON, MS– Mississippi children who miss out on educational enrichment activities during the summer break risk returning to school with academic losses. 

By the end of third grade, four out of every five low-income students fail to read proficiently, making them four times more likely to drop out of high school, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Summer Learning Family Fun Day is a day of learning and fun for young students. Hosted by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the free family event takes place Saturday,
June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Register at www.mpbonline.org/summerlearning.

“During the summer many of our children lack opportunities to participate in learning activities to build upon their school year academic gains,” said Shelia Brown Robinson, MPB director of early childhood education. “MPB is partnering with community leaders, educators and advocates to make summer a season of learning for students.”

More than 20 interactive booths will engage children with hands-on activities and educational games. Super WHY, Ed Said and Cat in the Hat will make special appearances at the event. Sid the Science Kid “Science is Everywhere” will perform live.

Although the event focuses on educational activities for young students, parents who attend Summer Learning Family Fun Day will pick up creative tips and ideas on how to better assist their children with their academic work. 

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This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The contents of this announcement were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. This project is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network.  MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources.  MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules.  MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards. For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit www.mpbonline.org.