There’s plenty to do locally this summer

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Summer is here and many students are ready for a much-needed break.

However, we encourage students to stay active – both physically and mentally – this summer so they can avoid the “summer slide”. This is a term education professionals use to describe how students, especially those who come from low-income families, tend to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

You worked hard all school year to learn and grow, so don’t let that work be in vain.

Police officials also state the summer months can lead to greater number of incidents as youth are out of school and not under as much supervision as they are in school. We encourage parents to ensure their children take advantage of the fun and engaging opportunities available in Barnwell County this summer.

Those opportunities are abundant, such as the annual Summer Reading Program at the Barnwell, Blackville and Williston public libraries. From magic shows and a visit with critters from the ecology lab to hands-on activities and story times, these events are provided at no cost and are always a ton of fun. There is something for children, teens and parents so the whole family can get involved.

Learn more details about the program by turning to the Community Calendar (page 6B).

Schools and other organizations are also offering various camps and programs to promote learning during the summer, such as the STEM camp led by the Dreams, Imagination and Gift (DIG) Development Program.

A number of sports camps are also scheduled for this summer covering a plethora of sports, including football, basketball, softball, cheerleading, tennis and volleyball. Details can be found on page 1B.

We also encourage local children (age 18 and under) to participate in the free summer feeding program that school districts are holding in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Children can receive a free lunch four times a week – Monday through Thursday – at one of the local sites in Allendale, Barnwell, Blackville and Williston.

Read the story on the front page of this edition to find out the closest site to you.

4-H is offering a ton of summer activities for various age groups. Some of the activities include: Summer Club Camp, Sewing Fun, Pottery, Kids in the Kitchen: Mama Mia Pizza & Poultry BBQ, State 4-H Congress, Alumni Reception and 4-H Awards Banquet, Ambassador Training and Volunteer Leader Symposium, Wildlife Food Plot, Summer Science Retreat, Wild at Webb Camp, Pinckney Leadership Conference, Horsemanship Camp and Livestock Showmanship Clinics

For Summer Fun registration, email sbhrndn@clemson.edu. Contact the Clemson Extension Office at 803-259-7141 ext 117 or email at sbhrndn@clemson.edu. Subscribe to 4-H Clover Clips a weekly update on upcoming 4-H events local and statewide by emailing sbhrndn@clemson.edu.

Churches are offering vacation Bible schools. See Page 6B.

There are also activities to be found at Barnwell State Park. Visit the park online at www.southcarolinaparks.com/barnwell to view all the activities and events available. Then pack your picnic basket and head out there!

There’s plenty to do this summer and it’s local.