More than 30 organizations united in the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools gym Monday night to inform students and parents about summer programs in the community at the Tuscaloosa City Schools' first Summer Fair. Providers spoke with more than 200 parents about a variety of summer camps in the fine arts, engineering and technology.
"I think it's a great idea," says parent John Williams. "It's great to be able to come to one place and find out several different options you may have."
Administrators designed the event following TCS surveys in which many parents said they did not feel informed about opportunities for children during the summer months.
Superintendent Mike Daria's goal is to connect every student in the community with a summer-learning opportunity as part of the strategic plan. The event comes as part of the strategic plan's goal of working to combat summer slide, which occurs when students experience some levels of learning loss due to a lack of educational engagement during the summer.
"It's very informative about what to do during the summer other than sitting at home playing video games every day," says student Neil Vashi.
Organizations in attendance included the following: Alabama Blues Project; Alabama Museum of Natural History; Alabama Scholastic Press Association; Arts-n-Autism; Ballet Arts and Fitness; Bama Bounders; Benjamin Barnes YMCA; Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama; City of Tuscaloosa's Office of Federal Programs; Dare to be King; Druid City School of Ballet; Forest Lake United Methodist Church's Weekday Kids; I Dream Big, Inc.; Mindchangers; Moundville Archaeological Park; Musical Beginnings; Shelton State Community College; SwimKids; The Capitol School; The University of Alabama; The UA Department of Physics; UA University Recreation; UA's College of Communication and Information Sciences; UA's College of Engineering; UA's Community School of Music; UA's Literacy Center; Theatre Tuscaloosa & Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre; Tuscaloosa Academy; Tuscaloosa Barnyard, Petting and Fun Farm; Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation; Tuscaloosa Public Library.
Visit www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/summer to view a complete listing of summer programs offered in the Tuscaloosa City Schools and across the community.