Summer…. for most Edina students, it is an exciting time to enjoy countless enrichment opportunities – organized sports, camps, tutoring, lessons, and quality time with parents. But for the 10% of Edina students who struggle with poverty, summer can be a vulnerable time. School is dismissed for several months, days become vacant and unstructured, and nutritious meals provided by the Federal Free and Reduced Meal program are unavailable. The National Summer Learning Association notes that “more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.  As a result, low income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.”
Over the past year, as Edina Give and Go has become more attuned to the challenges of Edina’s neediest students, the particular vulnerabilities that children face during summer have become more apparent and more concerning. During the summer of 2014, we collaborated with Edina Public Schools and Edina Community Education to create Summer is GO Time— a program which is changing the landscape of opportunity for low income Edina youth of all ages by funding access to many robust and enriching summer experiences. We plan to expand the Summer is GO Time program this summer, and we need your help. Read the stories below and GIVE so that Edina students in need can participate in summer opportunities that will help them GO far in the future!

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    Pool Pass

    Summer Fun at the Edina Aquatic Center A mom of three recently requested help paying for a pool pass for her family. This pass will allow her kids to have a safe, fun way to play and keep cool this summer. We were happy to assist! Please continue to give so that other families in need can enjoy these opportunities.Read More »
  • Summer is GO time 2017!

    Summer is GO time 2017!

    Edina Community Education Summer Enrichment Camps Every summer, Edina Community Education puts on numerous camps and classes to provide enrichment over the summer to students in grades K-8. However, they have found through family surveys that one of the biggest barriers to participation in summer enrichment is cost. So, Edina Give and Go and Edina Community Education partner to provide scholarshipRead More »
  • Summer 2016: Middle School Cycling Club

    Summer 2016: Middle School Cycling Club

      Students in grades 7-9 are welcome to join the Middle School Cycling Club. For 3 weeks this summer, they will bike an average of 10-20 miles per day (off road). They will explore all the secrets of the Twin Cities’ biking trails while learning bike safety and care. The club is open to all Edina middle school students, andRead More »
  • 2016 Summer is GO Time!

    2016 Summer is GO Time!

    Just like their friends from school, Summer is GO Time participants will get to choose from over 50 exciting summer camps offered through Edina Community Education. Camps last for one week (4-5 days) in either morning or afternoon sessions. The choices are many and varied… running the gamut from  Art & Yoga Camp to NASA Explorer’s Camp. These fun and enriching summerRead More »

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