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Camps make sure students aren’t mentally idle during the summer

Students attending BELL summer camps spend their mornings working on reading and math, but the program includes enrichment activities such as learning drama from Children’s Theatre of Charlotte volunteers.

Building Educated Leaders for Life, a Massachusetts-based group that provides extra educational time for K-8 students across the country, is working with more than 850 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students at eight sites this summer. It’s among several efforts to make sure students aren’t mentally idle during summer vacation, leading to a loss of skills when school resumes.

Project LIFT, a public-private partnership working to boost achievement at nine west Charlotte schools, reported measurable academic benefits in students who participated in BELL camps last year. Ann Doss Helms

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