Approximately 30 White Salmon Valley School District fifth- and sixth-graders will bring their enthusiasm and their curiosity for learning to The Dalles Discovery Center on July 10 as part of the National Summer Learning Day.

This trip will be part of Henkle Middle School's "Project Summer Fun," which runs June 23 to July 24, with the learning theme, "Uncover and Discover."

Last year, 145 different events in 34 states took place to highlight National Summer Learning Day, and many more events than that are expected in 2008.

"We're delighted to be able to offer lots of hands-on learning for our kids during the summer and to participate in this national event," said Rick George, Henkle Middle School principal. "Research indicates that many students lose skills and knowledge over the course of the summer. The support we receive from a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant enables us to keep our kids sharp and for them to have fun at the same time."

In addition to all the community events across the country, a major policy event will take place in Washington, D.C., where summer learning leaders from around the country will converge to draw attention to the importance of summer learning programs. This Capitol Hill event will also feature a first-ever "Champions of Summer Learning" award to be presented to three policymakers who have made summer learning a policy priority.

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