Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Here in Ohio, Summer Programs  celebrated in many different ways:

  • In MARYSVILLE, students from the BASE (Bunsold Afterschool Enrichment) Middle School program showcased what they learned in a group presentation to the community. Attendees included parents, school administrators, school board members and other stakeholders.IMG_6606
  • In CINCINNATI, the YMCA and Bell Power Scholars Academy showcased positive academic outcomes at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visitors toured classrooms, visited with staff, parents and students and were able to participate in a few fun activities, as well.

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  • In CLEVELAND, National Summer Learning Day was honored as participants visited the different stations and engaged in the different opportunities that each of our partners offer for summer learning and year round engagement.  Youth from the True2U summer program worked several stations sharing what they has learned and engaging attendees in station activities and information.


  • Also in CLEVELAND, the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center, in collaboration with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, arranged for youth activities at the CVNP. Over 130 youth from four community based organizations in Cleveland participated in field activities including a hike, field games, and a craft project. In addition, ten high school youth from another community organization in Cleveland will complete a service learning project involving removal of invasive plants in the CVNP. GCNC is (re)introducing Cleveland community based organizations and their youth to the CVNP.


  • In TOLEDO, Partners in Education hosted their annual Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival. This event featured an interactive Summer Learning Village with activities for children an d youth provided by the YWCA, the Afterschool All Stars, the Parks and Recreation Department and many more. The Dragon Boat races, however, stole the show with their friendly competitive spirit and dedication to being a part of great outcomes for youth in Toledo!IMG_6653
  • In COLUMBUS, Action For Children hosted an event featuring WeJoySing, Columbus Parks and Rec and COSI. Hands on activities included building and testing tin foil boats, touching regional animal pelts and relay races with parachutes. IMG_6756 (1)

For more information on Summer Learning, click here.

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