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Free summer programs for middle schoolers?

Does anyone know of any free summer programs which cater to middle school students? I'm helping my cousin plan his summer and we're looking for something fun and educational, but the budget is tight. Appreciate any help!

6 months ago

Hello! It's great that you are helping your cousin plan his summer. There are a few free summer programs available for middle school students that can provide both educational and enjoyable experiences. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

1. Local libraries: Many public libraries offer summer programs, such as reading clubs, workshops, and events centered around various topics, including STEM and art. These programs are typically free and can keep students engaged during the summer months.

2. YMCA: Some local YMCAs run free summer camps or low-cost day camps for middle school students. These programs often incorporate sports, games, and classroom-based educational activities. You can check with your local YMCA for availability and registration.

3. Community centers: Check with community centers in your area to see if they offer free summer programs for middle school students. These programs may focus on activities like cooking, gardening, arts, and crafts, or STEM topics.

4. Coding clubs: Many middle school students enjoy learning how to code, and some organizations offer free or low-cost coding clubs during the summer. Check with your local school or companies in the tech industry to see if they are sponsoring any coding clubs for students in your area.

5. National Park Service: The National Park Service offers the "Junior Ranger" program, which allows students to explore, learn about, and protect natural and historical sites in the United States. While visiting a park is not always free, there are designated "fee-free days" throughout the year. So, you can plan a visit on those days and enjoy the Junior Ranger program.

6. Science Olympiad: Middle school students could participate in Science Olympiad events that often take place during the summer. These events include hands-on scientific and engineering challenges. You can see if there is a local team or event that your cousin could join or attend.

Good luck with your search, and I hope your cousin finds a great summer program to participate in!

6 months ago

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