The Summer Slide

Research shows that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and those losses add up, year-after-year. But reading just six books over the summer, at the right reading level for the child, can prevent that “summer slide” and keep a struggling reader from losing important reading skills.

Here are some links to regional opportunities* for children for Summer 2019, listed by county.

*Due to space limitations, not all programs are able to be listed, but the resources below should be able to help locate summer programming in the county closest to you.

BLAND COUNTY

Bland Ministry https://www.blandministrycenter.org/aboutus

Bland County Library Summer Reading Program http://www.youseemore.com/bcpl/

Bland County Public Schools https://www.bland.k12.va.us/

Bland County Parks and Recreation https://www.blandcountyva.gov/page/parks-and-recreation/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, summer meals, dates and times.

BRISTOL, VA

Bristol Public Library Summer Reading Program https://bristol-library.org/circulation/

The Nurtury Developmental Child Care & Pre-School offers summer programming as well as other child care centers in Bristol, VA and TN. (276) 466-4873

Bristol Virginia Public Schools www.bvps.org

YMCA of Bristol Summer Camp https://www.bristolymca.net/pages/programs/afterschool-camp.php

Boys and Girls Club http://www.boysgirlsclubme.org/locations/bristol-va

Bristol, VA Parks and Recreation https://www.bristoltn.org/145/Parks-Recreation

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

BUCHANAN COUNTY

Buchanan County Public Schools-https://www.bcpsk12.com/ Summer Feeding is provided in all elementary schools.

Botetourt Parks and Rec Department https://www.virginia.org/listings/OutdoorsAndSports/BuchananRecreationPark/

Buchanan County Public Library Summer Reading Program http://bcplnet.org/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

CARROLL COUNTY

Galax/Carroll Library Summer Reading Program http://galaxcarroll.lib.va.us/

Carroll County Public Schools- https://www.ccpsd.k12.va.us/ Carroll County Public Schools School Nutrition to offer Free Meals this summer to children between ages 2 and 18 at the High School, Middle School, Regional Alternative Ed Center, Gladeville Elementary, Hillsville Elementary, St. Paul School, Westview Terrace Apartments, and Carroll County Library. This is the schedule for the Summer Food Rocks Program. Please see the flyers for dates, times, and other information about the locations. For additional information, please call 276-730-3200.

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

Carroll Parks and Rec Department http://www.galaxparks-rec.com/?fbclid=IwAR0AczVy528El6BHDeD2l84qsFf8j7d_297NpKMPcaNWMZpnRsKZjp-l69U

DICKENSON COUNTY

Lonesome Pine Regional Library www.lprlibrary.org (9 locations: Wise, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, St. Paul, Clintwood, Haysi, Pennington Gap, Gate City, Rose Hill)

Dickenson Public Schools http://dcps.k12.va.us/

Dickenson Parks and Rec Department http://dickensonva.org/calendar.aspx?eid=702

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

GALAX CITY

Galax City Public Schools  https://www.gcps.k12.va.us/

Galax/Carroll Library Summer Reading Program http://galaxcarroll.lib.va.us/

Galax offers a full open camp over the summer open to anyone in July: https://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/discovery-day-camp-galax

Galax Parks and Recreation http://www.galaxparks-rec.com/

Galax Summer 2019 (SAP) Summer Activities Program http://www.galaxparks-rec.com/summer-kids-care-program/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

GILES COUNTY

Giles County Public Library Summer Reading Program www.gilescountylibrary.org

Giles County Public Schools http://sbo.gilesk12.org/

Giles Parks and Rec Department http://virginiasmtnplayground.com/parks-and-recreation/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

GRAYSON COUNTY

Wythe Grayson Library Summer Reading Program http://wythegrayson.lib.va.us/

Grayson County Public Schools https://www.grayson.k12.va.us/

Grayson County Parks and Recreation https://www.graysonrecpark.com/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

LEE COUNTY

Lonesome Pine Regional Library www.lprlibrary.org (9 locations: Wise, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, St. Paul, Clintwood, Haysi, Pennington Gap, Gate City, Rose Hill)

Lee County Public Schools http://www.lee.k12.va.us/

Lee County Outdoors http://www.ilovelee.org/outdoors.html

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

NORTON CITY

Norton City Schools http://www.nortoncityschools.org/wp/ Norton City Schools is participating in the summer food service program. John I Burton High School, Breakfast 8-8:30, Lunch 12-12:30. Meals will be provided June 4 through August 3, Monday through Thursday.

Norton Parks and Rec Department http://www.nortonva.org/78/Parks-Recreation

Lonesome Pine Regional Library. www.lprlibrary.org (9 locations: Wise, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, St. Paul, Clintwood, Haysi, Pennington Gap, Gate City, Rose Hill)

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

PULASKI COUNTY

Pulaski County Library Summer Reading Program http://www.pclibs.org/

Pulaski County Public Schools https://www.maroons.net/Content2/summer-feeding-program Dates for the Summer Meals will be May 20, 2019 thru July 26, 2019.

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

Pulaski Parks and Rec Department http://www.pulaskicounty.org/Recreation.html

RUSSELL COUNTY

Russell County Library Summer Reading Program http://russell.lib.va.us/

Russell County Public Schools  https://www.russell.k12.ky.us/userfiles/250/my%20files/breakfast%20and%20lunch%20summer%20meals.pdf?id=15043 The Summer Food Service Program for breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to all children 18 years old and younger beginning June 12th through July 12th. The program will be open at Castlewood Elementary, Castlewood High, Lebanon Elementary/Middle, Lebanon High, Lebanon Primary, Belfast, Honaker Elementary, Honaker High, and Swords Creek. Note: All sites will be closed July 4th and July 5th.

SWCC YMCA www.fsymca.org

Russell Parks and Rec Department https://www.russellcountyva.us/159/Parks-Recreation

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

SCOTT COUNTY

Lonesome Pine Regional Library. www.lprlibrary.org (9 locations: Wise, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, St. Paul, Clintwood, Haysi, Pennington Gap, Gate City, Rose Hill)

Scott County Public Schools http://www.scottschools.com/

Scott County Public School Kids Club Summer Program http://www.scottschools.com/cms/one.aspx?portalId=256920&pageId=22408486 June 10-June 28 free for all Scott County students, breakfast and lunch provided.

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

Scott Parks and Rec Department http://www.recreation.scottcountyva.com/

SMYTH COUNTY

Smyth County Public Schools http://www.scsb.org

Smyth County Parks and Rec Department http://www.marionva.org/departments/recreation-department

Smyth County Library Summer Reading Program www.sblr.org

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

TAZEWELL COUNTY

Tazewell County Public Library Summer Reading Program www.tcplweb.org

TASK Taking Action for Special Kids summer camp www.taskforkids.org

Camp Joy through Clinch Valley Community Action. Kindergarten camp with Head Start. http://clinchvalleycaa.org/camp-joy/

Tazewell County Public Schools http://www.tazewell.k12.va.us/

Tazewell Parks and Rec Department http://www.townoftazewell.org/recreation/

Tazewell YMCA www.fsymca.org

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Coomes Center Summer Camp https://www.coomescenter.com/youth-

Washington County Public Schools https://www.wcs.k12.va.us/

Washington County Public Library Summer Reading Program https://www.wcpl.net/

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

Washington County Parks and Rec Department https://abingdon-va.gov/featured/departments/parks-and-recreation/

Boys and Girls Club http://www.boysgirlsclubme.org/locations/abingdon-va

WISE COUNTY

Wise County Public Schools http://www.wisek12.org/

Boys and Girls Club http://www.boysgirlsclubme.org/locations/wise-virginia

Lonesome Pine Regional Library. www.lprlibrary.org (9 locations: Wise, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, St. Paul, Clintwood, Haysi, Pennington Gap, Gate City, Rose Hill) Julie Short coordinates all summer reading programs for 9 locations of Lonesome Pine Regional Library- 276-328-8325.

Wise Parks and Rec Department http://www.townofwise.net/departments.html

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

WYTHE COUNTY

Wythe County Public Schools https://wythe.k12.va.us/

Wythe County Public Library has a summer reading program scheduled for all ages.  http://wythegrayson.lib.va.us/

Town of Wytheville Rec Center has summer camp. https://www.wytheville.org/recreation/

Shanaki Martial Arts has a summer program. http://www.shanakimartialarts.com/Events_Calendar.php

HOPE Packs (backpack program) leaves meals at the Wythe-Grayson library for anyone to take.

Wytheville has a “pay what you can” restaurant called “Open Door Cafe.” Patrons can volunteer service, pay what they can afford, or eat for free.

Check local churches in the area for Bible School availability, dates and times.

Additional Resources

Summer Meal Finding Resources:

Find USDA-approved meal sites in your neighborhood, where children and teens age 18 and younger receive free meals in a safe and supervised environment. Are you a parent or guardian looking for SFSP sites near you? Find a summer site in your community with our Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. https://www.summerfoodrocks.org/sitefinder. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

Foodbank Locator:

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

Meal Locator Text Service:

Virginia families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to find free summer meals sites in their neighborhoods, or call 866-3HUNGRY or 2-1-1 through a text service run by No Kid Hungry.