National Summer Learning Day

National Summer Learning Day

We are delighted to celebrate National Summer Learning Day, Thursday, July 13, 2017.

On this day, we celebrate the 20% of our students who are enrolled in our high-quality programs, their families and the dedicated teachers and coordinators who are committed to this important work.

We know that the benefits of high-quality summer learning are endless. Some include:
  • mitigation of summer slide and setting students up for academic success in their next grade
  • keeping students healthy and active
  • keeping students on track for graduation
  • providing students with opportunities for enrichment, field trips and social emotional learning!

Visit our Facebook page for more information about the summer programs and challenges that are happening this summer.

Press Release


July 12, 2017


Judy Taylor, Communications Director

(413) 493-1605,



PRESS RELEASE – Holyoke Public Schools celebrates National Summer Learning Day


Holyoke, Massachusetts – National Summer Learning Day is Thursday, July 13, 2017 and the Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) has students in grades Kindergarten through twelve engaged in high-quality learning through a variety of district offerings this summer that are geared towards strengthening academic skills, exploring new enrichment activities, and making new friends.


In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, the press is invited to observe one of the district’s summer programs in action.  Please join us from 9:30 – 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 13, 2017 for a visit to the Connections Summer Academy at the William G. Morgan School (Morgan School), 596 South Bridge Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts.


National Summer Learning Day is an annual effort that is led by the National Summer Learning Association to promote awareness of the importance of continued learning over the summer months.  “The Holyoke Public Schools is proud to offer enriching, high-quality summer learning experiences to our students,” stated Director of Enrichment and Extended Learning Rob Arpin.  “When school doors close, many of our students struggle to access educational opportunities and are at risk of falling behind academically. We have invested a significant amount of resources into these programs in order to keep our students healthy, active, set them up for academic success in their next grade, and keep them on track for graduation.”


The Connections Summer Academy at Morgan School is a program for HPS students entering grades 3-5 from Morgan, Dr. Marcella R. Kelly, William R. Peck, and the H. B. Lawrence schools.  The academy operates from July 10th – August 4th and is focused on improving students’ mathematics and English language arts skills.  Students are engaging in a variety of learning experiences that target their specific academic needs. Project-based learning will broaden students’ cultural and global awareness as they “travel” to a different country each week!  Students will also engage in enrichment experiences and field trips during the program.


All HPS summer programs are free to eligible students.  Breakfast, lunch, and transportation are provided based on district guidelines.  Visit: for more information about summer programming and the Summer Reading and STEM challenges at the Holyoke Public Schools.



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