South Washington County Schools

Summer Mix Builds off the Success of 2016’s Program

For the second summer, hundreds of South Washington County Schools students built on their math, literature and social skills as a part of The Mix. 

More than 460 students were given the opportunity to avoid the “summer slide.” Each student was invited by their teachers based on their test scores.

Amy Brengman, the Out-of-School Time Program Manager for Community Education says the “summer slide” can cause students to lose up to three months of math skills and between two and three months of reading skills.

“We want to grow a love for learning and create positive experiences so students can go confidently into the school year,” said Brengman.

The Mix is a four-week program that provides students with free transportation to and from schools along with free breakfast and lunch.

Students taking part in The Mix start their day with breakfast, then transition into math and literature classes. After lunch students spend the afternoon in an interest based activity that can range from science projects to sports.

This is the second year of The Mix. Brengman says, she used feedback from last year’s students and parents to make improvements.

Of the 443 students who took part in the program last year, 298 turned in a survey of how they felt about the program. Eighty-two percent of students said they felt The Mix made learning fun, 63% said they felt they were better at reading because of the program and 62% said they were better at math because of the program.

Brengman says those results and feedback from parents helped guide this year's programming to better fit the needs of the community, an effort she looks forward to continuing next summer.