Summer months are usually a time for play for kids.
But that's not exactly what kids like Ethan Marsh were doing inside Piedmont Elementary on Thursday.
"Today is summer learning day. We're going to be doing tons of projects today about reading, and things like that," said Marsh.
National Summer Learning Day is aimed to keep youth engaged throughout the summer.
In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, teachers at Piedmont Elementary taught dozens of kids the importance of reading, and staying active during the summer months. It's why students like Marsh were excited about the day.
Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our youth at risk of falling behind in core subjects like math and reading.
But teachers like Travis Bridges are doing their best to make sure students understand the importance of reading.
"To be able to read at a very broad [level], and understand a lot of different words, they're going to be able to learn more of the academic language of a certain subject. So, it opens the doors for many different subjects, and many different fields of passion, and allows the student to really learn," said Bridges, explaining the importance of reading.
Teachers engaged the students in learning with games books and coloring.
it was a hands on approach that Bridges said enhances academic retention.
"Not until they get truly involved with it, they get those hands on, and they see it's meaningful to them that it's their lives, it's their opinions, do we really actually see learning happening," said Bridges.
The Duluth School District put on today's event in partnership with the YMCA.
Piedmont was one of 5 schools in the district taking part.
A part of the National Summer Day of Learning was teaching children the importance of eating right.
Several schools team up each year to provide a free nutritious breakfast and lunch for students.
Students can receive that free breakfast or lunch at a number of schools across Duluth.
Funded by the U.S Department of Agriculture, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge, adults who accompany their children can purchase a meal for $3.85.
Meals are served Monday thru Friday, June 13 - August 25, 2017.
No paperwork necessary, just show up for good food and friendly service.
Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items.
--Breakfast: 8:00AM to 10:30AM
--Lunch: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations