While Summer is on every kids mind here in the Basin many parents worry about their kid being a victim of ‘the summer slide’. “If they aren’t doing anything it’s really easy to back track and to not keep up with their reading or not to keep up with their math,” says XTO Energy worker, Courtney Wardlaw.
This causes kids to fall further and further behind each year. “When we go back to school in August statistics show us that our kids can be about 2 months behind from where they were when they got out of school,” says Mike mills who is the Educate Midland Program Director.
According to the director that forces teachers to reteach material before they can jump into new topics; XTO hopes their donation can be a solution.
“We are so excited to be here today to donate laptops to our partner organizations to help prevent summer slide,” says Wardlaw
One local parent of two saying she isn’t worried about Summer approaching anymore. “Well what I like about it is that the education is still going on for them. School being over they still come here they provide educational science, reading, all that stuff,” says Midland mom, Camille Pacheco.
Pacheco says she looks forward to seeing the results from the donated computers. “I think it’s awesome that they are donating these laptops, you know to prep them to be advanced for school.”
Other kids at the YMCA say they notice how the program helps them in multiple ways and are excited to learn on new technology.
According to YMCA Summer Camp kids Destiny and Andy “It helps us learn more and like know what we are doing and they show us a lot of manners more than we have.”