The Summer Learning Project is a collaboration between Boston Public Schools (BPS), Boston After School and Beyond, and Tenacity designed to prevent summer learning loss in rising 4th graders. The five week English Language Arts, Mathematics and fitness enrichment program served 80 BPS students last summer. The program, which ran five days a week, six hours per day, was held at four BPS schools. Two locations are our partner schools, the Dever/ McCormack Lower School and Donald McKay School, and therefore served as a feeder program for Tenacity’s Elementary School Program which teaches tennis and fitness to 4th and 5th graders. The other two locations were the Guild School and the Otis School.
Each day combined three hours of academics with three hours of tennis and fitness. During the classroom hours, students practiced math, read books, and wrote and published their own books. The readings focused eating well and the positive impact of exercise and tennis. During the physical fitness hours, students enjoyed tennis lessons and games. Parents, principals and teachers attended a final celebration where the students presented the books they had created during their five week program.
Tenacity partnered with Haley House in Roxbury where students got hands on experience in the kitchen making health snacks and easy meals. They created their own cookbooks with recipes they had learned during the cooking classes.
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