By MORGAN MANNS
For The Courier
There are two types of summer slides.
Most kids probably enjoy slipping and sliding into some cool water on a hot summer day.
However, educators are cautioning parents about the other summer slide — learning loss due to a lack of exposure to reading, math facts and other educational tools.
“Learning can be fun and should continue over the summer,” Fostoria City Schools’ Superintendent Andrew Sprang said during Monday evening’s school board meeting. “We talk about it often, that summer slide when kids’ exposure to books and things like that starts to drop off.”
To help prevent the summer slide, Sprang suggested students take advantage of the many learning opportunities available to them over the summer months.
In Fostoria, those include:
• Fostoria Elementary School Summer Adventure Camp, 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 10-13, July 8-11 and Aug. 5-8.
• Fostoria Learning Center’s events, including Slime Workshops on June 3 and Lego Robotics Battlebot Challenges scheduled for June 6.
• Summer Rec Program, which will take place from June 3 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fruth Outdoor Center with swimming from 3:15-4:30 p.m. daily at the Geary Family YMCA. Cost is $10 per week per child.
• Kaubisch Memorial Public Library’s Summer Ready Program, set to begin May 28 with the Armstrong Air & Space Museum presenting “Living on Another World” at 6 p.m. Signup is available between May 28 and Aug. 9 for the program, which will offer various programs throughout the summer as well as encouragement for youth to continue reading.
“It’s hard to believe that we’re at that point in time in the year,” Sprang said, noting the last day of school is May 31 with graduation set for June 2. “It’s important that we continually expose children to these types of programs in order to work against the traditional summer slide.”
Separately, Sprang gave an update on the building construction project:
• More site work will begin June 3 with a parking lot expansion, paving and related projects to take place over the summer months. The work will cause some traffic congestion, according to Sprang, as barriers are placed to close the east side of the building. Community members are asked to utilize the south lot over the summer.
• Playground work will also begin with the removal of the current playground at the Fostoria Elementary School and the installation of the new playgrounds.
• At the new junior/senior high school building, interior work continues with drywall, painting, heating and cooling and wiring.
“You should start seeing the windows placed in the next couple of weeks, which is exciting because they can then start working on flooring and things like that on the inside of the building,” Sprang said.
“There’s a lot of work going on for the building project with the anticipation of the elementary building being ready to go in the fall and then in December having the new 7-12 building ready as well.”