Spring Fling offers tips to prevent summer learning loss

Comer school families invited to participate

In an order to prevent learning loss over the summer months, PULSE is sponsoring an evening of activities for families at the four Comer schools. The Spring Fling will be held Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30-7:45p.m. at the Hartsville Middle School, and will feature fun for the entire family. Additionally, parents will discover numerous ways to emphasize reading, use free apps to encourage learning and participate in a resource fair. All events are designed to help students continue learning throughout the summer.

The National Summer Learning Institute supports the notion that in order to succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing developmental experiences to learn and practice essential skills. This ties in with the Comer School Development (SDP) model, in place at four Hartsville Elementary schools.

Using more than a century of collected data, the Institute reports that most students lose the equivalent of two months of grade equivalency in mathematics, and low-income students tend to experience an equal loss in reading achievement. The Institute also documents lower scores on standardized tests following summer vacation than at the beginning of summer.

Justin Dunham, Darlington County School District Comer facilitator, and coordinator of the Spring Fling said, “The Comer schools are always looking for ways to involve families. We hope by the time they leave, our parents and caregivers will be equipped with all the necessary resources to combat summer learning losses.

In addition to the learning opportunities, the Spring Fling will feature musical performances, learning sessions, games for children and refreshments. Prizes will also be given away, including a family pass to the Piratesville Splash Pad.

Dunham said he hopes the event will help parents and students continue developing nurturing relationships with other community groups in Hartsville.

The Spring Fling is for families and caregivers of students attending Washington Street Elementary, Southside Early Childhood Center, Thornwell School for the Arts and West Hartsville Elementary.

For more information on the Spring Fling, contact Justin Dunham, Darlington County School District Comer facilitator, 843-857-3276.