Brain Gain Program keeps students' minds sharp during summer break


WINTERVILLE, Pitt County - There's different names for it … Summer Slide, Summer Brain Drain. It's a way to describe what happens when your child isn't taking part in organized activities during the summer.

Officials say on average, teachers spend the first 3-6 weeks of every school year teaching material due to summer learning loss. The Boys and Girls Clubs in Eastern North Carolina, including the one in Winterville, are doing its share to make sure students prevent that summer slide. "There's no grades, there's no stress because it's not like 'Oh, you're gonna test me on this, I'm gonna fail," said Lanisha Mason, Academic Coordinator. Boys and Girls Organizers decided to employ programs like Brain Gain and Stop, Drop and Read to prevent summer learning loss. Not only do the children have organized reading time every day, they learn about the environment, art and even different cultures. Centers like this pride themselves on being affordable for kids from many different economic backgrounds. "We are here for those that need it most," Mason said. "Just because we have a low-cost price label doesn't mean your child is not getting the things that they do." In addition to the Winterville location, there are 11 locations in the Coastal Plain area where this program is implemented.