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Free Summer Learning Day at the South Florida Museum

Did you know that most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills over the summer months?

That low-income students can lose more than two months in reading achievements while their higher-income peers are making slight gains?

Each year, the At The Bishop provides a vital natural science learning environment for more than 11,000 school children from 11 Florida counties as a complement to their classroom activities. But the Museum is also committed to supporting parents in our community who are seeking ways to extend their children’s learning beyond the school year and into the summer.

That’s why the At The Bishop is kicking off summer learning opportunities by hosting Summer Learning Day at the Museum on Wednesday, June 21. The day includes free admission for Manatee and Sarasota county students in elementary and middle school, plus free admission for one adult chaperone per child. (Children 3 & under are always admitted free, but will not be permitted an additional free adult chaperone.) The Museum’s event is part of National Summer Learning Day, a national movement led by the National Summer Learning Association to encourage childhood learning during the summer months.Summer Learning Day at the Museum is also designed to help families identify local resources that offer fun, engaging learning opportunities in their own backyards — and is providing a way for families and children who may not normally have the means to visit the Museum and to keep returning throughout the summer.

“In addition to hosting children from 11 Florida counties during the school year, visiting the Museum is also part of the school-year science curriculum for every fourth grade student in Manatee County,” said Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio. “But we take our role of providing public service to our students and our community seriously. That’s why we wanted to offer a special opportunity to increase free learning days when they’re needed the most — during the summer months.”

Locally, the Museum has partnered with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and a life of active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

This is the third year that the Museum has offered Summer Learning Day and last year, nearly 1,500 people took advantage of the special offer.

Visitors to Summer Learning Day at the Museum will receive a special kids’ guide to the Museum and a “Summer Reading Log.” For every five hours of summer reading a student logs, they will be able to return for another free day at the Museum (one parent or guardian will also get free admission). This special “Summer Reading Log” offer runs through Saturday, August 5 — Family Night at the Museum. (The free admission from the summer reading log challenge can be used for Family Night or any general admission day.)

Summer Learning Day at the Museum

  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • What: Free admission for Manatee and Sarasota county in elementary and middle school (VPK – 8th grades), plus free admission for one adult chaperone for each student.
  • Where: The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL, 34205
  • Registration: Pre-registration is not required for students and their chaperones.
  • Earn Even More Free Time at the Museum: Students will have the opportunity to earn more free admission days at the South Florida Museum. Just pick up a “Summer Reading Log” during Summer Learning Day. For every five hours of reading from the booklet’s reading log that the student completes, they will earn another free day at the Museum through August 5, 2017.

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