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Summer Adventures Part 1

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

By Virginia Eader, Grants and Organizational Specialist

This summer, I get to have all the fun. That’s my opinion anyway. Over the last several weeks (with a few more to go) I’ve been road tripping across our beautiful state visiting the 2012 Feed Your Brain sites. I’ve had the pleasure of observing some amazing child and youth development professionals in action and spending time with kids, excited for summer and eager to learn. So far I’ve visited programs in White Salmon, Grand Coulee, Deer Park, and Rainier. Two of these towns, I had never been to before, so it was fun to get out and explore. I hope you’ll enjoy this slideshow of some of the photos I took on my visits. As you can see, the kids had as much fun as I did. In the coming weeks I’ll be making the trek to Buena, Curtis, and Walla Walla. Stay tuned for Summer Adventures Part 2.

Like all the Feed Your Brain sites, students at Deer Park enjoy free lunch everyday thanks to the Summer Food Service Program. Snack time at Deer Park Elementary! Students turn healthy snacks into a campfire they can eat. Campfire snack. At Deer Park, Site Word Relay was an energetic activity consisting of scooters, bouncy balls, put put golf, and more. ...In between each physical activity was an opportunity for students to practice their spelling. The TOGETHER! program at Rainier Elementary School takes a trip to the community garden where students learn that some flowers are edible! Students were eager to show me all of the different vegetables in the garden. When asked what her favorite activity has been at summer program, sixth grader, Kassandra, says "I like planting in the garden best." Students LOVE their new books! Thanks to Page Ahead each student in the Feed Your Brain program gets to pick out a brand new book each week to take home. At Whitson Elementary in White Salmon, students learn about spiders and write questions for further learning. Summer School Rocks! Lunch time at Grand Coulee Elementary School! Students go on a walking field trip in search of nature to describe in their summer writing journals.

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