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Summer feeding programs can help prime kids for a successful school year - and life


Experts have dubbed it the “summer slide” or “summer learning loss” — the phenomenon where students’ cognitive skills noticeably slip during their summer breaks from school. This is likely because kids tend to be less disciplined during their nearly three-month-long vacations. They are not regularly engaging in enriching activities such as reading, art, science or playing a musical instrument.

But for too many students, the intellectually stimulating experiences that their friends may enjoy during the summer — museum visits, trips to exotic locations, summer camp — are out of the question because of time, logistical or financial constraints.

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