For the second time in as many years, three summer programs participated in a letter-writing campaign to help the out-of-school-time (OST) community’s voice be heard by policy makers.
In honor of National Summer Learning Week, students from five schools across Colorado spent an afternoon writing to seven state lawmakers explaining the reasons why they love their summer program. Reasons like field trips, making new friends and bus adventures, among others, filled the colorful postcards that were mailed off at the end of the week.
National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, and ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year.
Oftentimes policy makers don’t know how worthwhile afterschool programs are unless people tell them—and the students of OST programs can be powerful voices. State Representatives David Ortiz, Julie McCluskie and Monica Duran; State Senators Chris Kolker, Kerry Donovan and Rachel Zenzinger, as well as Gov. Jared Polis were all sent the handwritten postcards, along with an invitation to meet with the programs and representatives from CAP to discuss just how essential summer programs are for a student’s educational and social-emotional development.
For more information on National Summer Learning week, visit summerlearning.org.