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Western Reserve Educational Service Center offering Summer Sidekicks program – News-Herald

The Western Reserve Educational Service Center offers its Summer Sidekicks program to provide children across the county with a summer filled with fun and learning.

This program, which runs June 7-30, is free to the public and is for students in any school or district with the goal of addressing unfinished learning caused by the pandemic.

Each session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at the ESCWR’s Hale Road Building, 56 Hale Road in Painesville.

Kristin M. Llewellyn, the center’s family and community liaison, said each session had a specific theme to better inspire an interest in learning in the wake of the pandemic.

“The whole point of any program is to engage children and stimulate their minds,” Llewellyn said. “We are entering our second year with this program and ESCWR has expanded the Summer Sidekicks program. We have a variety of activities planned that are educational but also fun for students.

The first session will be the “I Scream for Ice Cream Social” where students will receive ice cream while participating in a language arts craft. Students can then participate in a teacher-created escape room designed to openly engage and familiarize students with each other.

“We’re so excited to have this program,” Llewellyn said. “It’s about making sure these students have fun and have a better chance in the classroom.”

Some of the following session topics include “Get Sporty”, a sporting event for students; “Science and Plants”, an educational event to teach about nature and plants; “Go Wild…Animal Day,” where students can interact with animals provided by Lake Metroparks Farmpark volunteers and more.

The summer camp-style learning environment for children in grades one through eight focuses on language arts and math. The students are divided by age group and supervised by state-qualified teachers in each activity.

“Some students we’ve noticed have been hurt by the pandemic and are finding it harder to learn,” Llewellyn said. She said that through the lessons and activities, the program aims to provide children with a way to recover knowledge while creating a fun memory.

The program is free to the public, but students must register with ESCWR by calling 440-898-3281 and selecting option 4. session or need to miss sessions for family reasons.

“The Western Reserve Educational Service Center is thrilled to offer the Summer Sidekicks program to Geauga and Lake schools, students and families,” said Superintendent Jennifer Felker. “We appreciate our partnership and support of the Ohio Department of Education program and are so grateful to all of our community volunteers”