This summer, the Ministry of Education provided funding to support a Summer Learning Program throughout school boards in Ontario. The Summer Learning Program is offered to students in Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3 who would benefit from extra learning in literacy and/or numeracy. The program was offered at five locations across Trillium Lakelands District School Board to approximately 90 students and ran from August 5 to 22, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schools included: Archie Stouffer ES, Bracebridge PS, Gravenhurst PS, King Albert PS, and Pine Glen PS. Students enjoyed play based centres, iPads, laptops, and SMARTBoards, and group and individual learning opportunities.

The Summer Learning Program has proved to be a success in Ontario over the past four years. These programs have reduced summer learning loss, helped struggling students keep pace, narrowed literacy gaps between peers, and provided opportunities for daily physical and recreational activities.