Provides students with opportunities for hands-on learning activities during the summer

Leaders at the Estacada School District are offering a new program for students this August.

The district's Summer Academy is open to students in kindergarten through seventh grade and is scheduled Mondays through Fridays from Aug. 6-17, at River Mill Elementary School. Lunch will be included, and transportation will be provided for those who live within the school district's boundaries.

Both Clackamas River Elementary School Principal Amy Hudson, who will serve as Summer Academy Principal, and Estacada School District Communications Coordinator Maggie Kelly are eager to share the new program with students.

"We're really excited, and we think it's pretty unique," Kelly said. "We're happy that we're getting it off the ground now."

Summer Academy will feature a variety of learning opportunities for students.

"Every student will have some targeted reading and math, but it's not going to be your run of the mill (school)," Hudson said.

Along with reading and math, Summer Academy will feature recreational sports, STEM projects and arts activities. Additionally, there will be two field trips.

Hudson noted that students will be able to engage with the subjects in a variety of ways, from putting on a play and creating instruments to coding and robotics. She added that doing so during the summer months is another valuable component of the program.

"We're really wanting to make sure students are retaining the best they can for next school year. I think a big part for our littles is that school readiness. It's a great way for students to reconnect with school and kind of rememb-

er what it's about," Hudson said.

School district leaders hope to have at least 300 students enrolled in Summer Academy, and there is no limit to how many can participate.

"There's not a cap. Come one, come all," Hudson said.

The enrollment deadline is Friday, June 1, and registration is available on the school's websites, or by calling a school's front office.

Hudson added she's looking forward to connecting with students during the summer.

"I definitely miss the students over the summer, so it's nice to be able to just reconnect with them prior to September," she said. "I think any opportunity to engage with our community and support our students (is valuable)."

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