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

President Obama supporting the Reach Higher Initiative

The First Lady is supporting the Reach Higher Initiative to encourage young people to go to and complete college

Summer learning continues to gain momentum and interest as families, communities and policymakers recognize the value in providing opportunity for all children and youth to engage in enriching learning experiences during the summer months.

Here in Washington, State Senator Andy Billig from Spokane and Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg recently spoke out on the importance of summer learning in keeping kids healthy and academically on track in local media.

In the other Washington, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to tour student demonstrations and deliver remarks at the National Summer Learning Day Fair in Washington, DC as part of her Reach Higher initiative.

The National Summer Learning Day Fair, co-hosted by the U.S Department of Education and NSLA, marked National Summer Learning Day on June 20th by bringing together high school students and education leaders from across the country to highlight the critical role summer learning plays in preparing young people for successful college entry and completion.

While National Summer Learning Day was officially celebrate on June 20th, you can plan an event at any time during the summer. It’s not too late to register your event on the National Summer Learning Day Interactive Map.

You can check-out our recently-updated Summer Learning Policy Brief for more data and information to make the case for increasing resources and support for summer learning in our state.

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