Most of our students are excited for summer vacation. On behalf of the Woodburn School District, we hope you have a safe and fun summer. We also want to encourage you to set down your phones, turn off the television and find ways to keep learning. This can be through work, play or both. No matter what you do this summer, think how these activities relate to what you learn in the classroom, a future career or the world around us.
The National Summer Learning Association reports that some students can lose two to three months of math and reading skills during summer vacation. This can widen the achievement gap between different student populations and impact college and career opportunities. For our younger students, the association has excellent resources for families to help children keep learning while not in school. Visit their website at www.summerlearning.org to learn more.
Physical activity is also important to learning and brain development. If you're not working in a physical job, think about getting out of the house and starting a new exercise routine. If you have some spare time, help your family around the house, or volunteer time to help others in your community. You can find some volunteer opportunities at www.volunteermatch.org. Interacting with other people also contributes to emotional well-being.
For some students, summer vacation means losing access to nutritious meals when school is closed. The Woodburn School District Nutrition Services Department and Marion-Polk Food Share have announced the dates, times and location for the Summer Meals Program. The program provides a free lunch for all children ages 1-18. Adults, aged 19 or older, may purchase lunch for $3, as well. The schedule is as follows (no lunch served July 4):
• June 22-Aug. 5 – noon to 12:30 p.m. at Legion Park, 1385 Park Ave.
• June 22-July 17 – 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 1041 N. Boones Ferry Road
• June 22-Aug. 5 – noon to 12:30 p.m. at Nuevo Amanecer, 1274 Fifth St.
Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.