KBTC Summer Camps Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss, Close the Digital Divide

Posted by Anna McDonald on
KBTC Kids campers engage with PBS KIDS digital content.
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The KBTC Kids Camp at Lister Elementary School kicked off in grand fashion on July 7. With three teachers, a Camp Manager, and a “double the fun double the learning” approach, campers dove into a wide range of PBS KIDS activities designed for elementary school children who show interest in technology.  KBTC Kids Camps run for three weeks on Tacoma’s East side and are part of a larger Comcast grant to help prevent summer learning loss and close the digital divide for low-income families. The camps focus on building reading and math skills to prevent the summer slide, with an infusion of digital learning via iPads, which feature content from PBS KIDS.

KBTC staffers note that one of the things that is most striking about the camps are how genuinely happy the kids are to be there, enjoying new friends, enthusiastic teachers, interesting lessons, and their favorite PBS KIDS characters. As the activities continue, KBTC teachers add their own experience and expertise to lesson plans, adjusting them as they learn more about the kids and interests in the room. While the lessons are always engaging, fun, and educational, it's a great benefit to have the ability to personalize them for each class, camp, and camper.

KBTC Kids Camps complement other KBTC Summer Learning activities, including the station’s Mobile Learning Lab, which travels throughout the community encouraging access to educational resources throughout the summer months. Learn More

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