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Reverse the Summer Slide!

Summer camp!

Summer camp!

A key reason that students fall behind in school is the “summer slide” or “summer brain drain,” terms which remind us that kids whose families can afford to send them to summer camps, workshops and museums actually gain skills over the summer while kids whose families can’t, fall behind.  That’s not fair.

Write@253 was founded on the belief that all Tacoma children deserve a great education. Our free five- week summer camp program is designed to encourage a love of learning, creativity and confidence, character development, physical activity, meaningful relationships with peers and adults, and engagement with the Hilltop community. It’s for elementary and middle school students.


Each free weekly camp runs Monday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm at write@253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Lunch and snacks are provided. Here’s a sample of our camp schedule:

10-10:30:  Arrive, check in, have a snack, whole-group chat

10:30-11:  Book club/reading circle

11-noon:  Hilltop scavenger hunt/meet our neighbors

Noon-1:    Lunch and play at People’s Park

1-2:30       Main activity with guest instructor. Weekly themes include engineering, film, gardening, graphic novels, and global studies

2:30-3      End-of-day de-briefing, high fives, and kudos for kindness

Camp will be held the weeks of June 29, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. We will take the weeks of July 13 and July 27 off. Kids may register for one or more weeks. For more information or to register, call (253) 460-4474 or e-mail: mfox@tacomacc.edu.

plotting out the story

plotting out the story