This summer, two great programs joined forces in Schenectady. The Schenectady Inner City Ministry hosted a summer book giveaway at different summer meal sites. During the summer, two SICM interns Traveled to two to three different summer meals sites to give new books to the children in attendance. This is not the first year that this program has been run; however this year was extra special thanks to a $5,000 grant from the New York Newspapers Foundation. This grant allowed SICM to purchase hundreds of new children’s books to give away.
It is important to provide these learning opportunities to children in the summer. It has been shown that children who have access to summer learning programs have better outcomes academically. They are more likely to graduate from high school and are better prepared for college. These programs also have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Equally important are Summer Meals programs , which provide children with nutritious meals during the summer. The two programs together ensure that children have a healthy, fun-filled summer.