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Link of Cullman County is fighting learning loss and preparing students for the upcoming school year with its summer enrichment camp, which kicked off Monday and will run through July 6.

The bi-weekly camp (held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) gives students the opportunity to retain the information they covered in the previous school year rather than lose it in the distractions of summer vacation.

Literacy Coordinator for the Link, Dakota Trammell says Monday will serve as an academic learning day focused on math, reading and science skills; Wednesday will be a day more focused on personal enrichment with guest speakers from the community speaking to students on a range of topics from mental health to yoga.

“We’ve found ways to get students to engage differently and see what our whole community has to offer,” Trammell says.

Wednesday, June 8 Christian author Caris Snider of the book Anxiety Elephants will speak on the importance of mental health. Other guests include Manifest Yoga, Sips and Strokes hosting an art class, and Link board members discussing fitness.

John Wright, The Link’s 180 case manager, says the summer enrichment program has been a huge asset in raising his two sons.

“I think one of the most important things is that they keep doing it. With the students, they will forget a lot of what they have learned and the first part of school is just catching up. It keeps them fresh,” says Wright.

Wright also says he has seen the program build students’ confidence in subjects where they may have struggled before.

“They are able to get more individual attention in an unstructured academic setting and they have the opportunity to play. For young children, playtime is learning,” says Wright.

Patrick Camp can be reached at 256-734-2131 ext. 238