Slip Slidin’ Away

May 11, 2012 at 8:33 am 3 comments

Have you heard the term “summer slide?” It’s when students forget what they’ve learned during the summer months. Are you concerned about the children that fall behind at school, who are then at a higher risk to struggle with employment? Have you considered the social consequences connected to these issues? One program on the southside of South Bend is addressing this issue for those in grades Kindergarten to 4th grade.

Nestled between Miami and South Michigan Streets, for eight weeks during the summer, is an inspiring program for children called RECESS. In an effort to negate the summer slide, the organizers from Living Stones Church launched this program in 2011. RECESS is free to the families that live in Miami Hills Apartments and to those that attend Monroe School. As the organizers have stated, this program fills “the gap for at-risk children by providing a fun, safe, educational and enriching environment.”

This year’s RECESS runs from June 18th until August 10th. They will be serving breakfast and lunch. There will be age appropriate activities, weekly field trips and, most importantly, unconditional love. As Director Meredith Waltman has stated, “It’s so much more than a day camp. It’s an opportunity for us to connect with our neighbors in a way that can truly impact our community.”

Registration is now open for RECESSS, so be sure to spread the word.

To get involved:

Kudos to past and future volunteers for sacrificing your time for the future of our youth. And thanks to the staff and donors from Living Stones Church for making God’s work a reality.

Entry filed under: Education.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Revitalize South Bend Blog « Sam I Am  |  May 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

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  • 2. Ryan Yazel  |  May 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    very nice!

  • 3. South Bend  |  May 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    It is unfortunate that the RECESS program only gives priority to children that are from families that live in Miami Hills Apartments and those that attend Monroe School. It would be great if the organizers can work on a plan to raise funds to extend this program to kids living in other areas and attending other schools.


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