PORT NECHES —
With just two weeks of school left, parents of Mid and South Jefferson County are beginning to plan for three months of summer vacation, in hopes that their children will not forget what they learned over the school year.
“You occupy their time and they learn much more,” said Michael Sahadeo, father of Melanie Sahadeo, 13, who attends Central Middle School in Nederland.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, young people can lose as much as 25 percent of their reading skills during summer break. Most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills over the summer months, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
Courtney Wilson, a divorced Port Neches mother, has put her 12 -year-old son Justin into sports programs and swimming lessons to keep his mind active over the summer.
Wilson said children spend too much time in front of computers, iPods, television and video game consoles.
“We’ve got to get ‘em outside because they’re already cooped up too much,” said Wilson. “Take ‘em to do things that we used to do, like catch tadpoles, or running through the mud.”
The YMCA Summer Day Camp keeps children occupied from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and discount scholarships for low-income families, can make it very affordable.
The summer camp starts June 4.
The Port Arthur YMCA is located at 6760 Ninth avenue in Port Arthur.
For more information, interested parents may call the YMCA at (409) 962-6644.
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