Keeping Kids Active During the Summer

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Summer school starts next Monday in the Lansing School District. A few school districts are facing budget cuts and they're not offering summer classes, but that doesn't mean kids have to stop learning during the summer.

The Capital Area District Library (www.cadl.org) is running a free reading program. Kids and adults receive rewards based on the amount of time they spend reading.

The library also offers several programs including magic shows and presentations that allow kids to interact with animals and insects.

Educators say it's important for kids to keep up on their reading and math skills, but it's also essential have hands on experiences. Teachers suggest parents take their children to the zoo or walk and talk with them in a park.

Kids who volunteer or practice writing letters to relatives also benefit.