Riverside program keeps kids engaged, prevents learning loss


Crestview residents Chris Snellgrove and his 5-year-old son, James, work with craft sticks during Riverside Elementary School’s summer reading program.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 02:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Summer's here, but learning doesn't stop for a number of Riverside Elementary School students.

Monday nights and Tuesday mornings, students and their parents join media specialist Patty Davis to read books and make crafts.   

The program, which takes place in the media center, allows students to keep learning during the “summer slide," Davis said. Learning loss occurs during the summer when children do not engage their brains, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

During the Riverside program, there's plenty to feed the mind.

Children made craft stick fish on Tuesday after listening to Davis read “Big Al,” written by Andrew Clements.  

Making crafts is a favorite of 10-year-old Abby Moxcey.

Her mother, Michelle Ryan, said she appreciates the educational part of the program and tracking Abby's progress.

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