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Local programs offer help as summer vacation begins for South Florida kids

Cute kids having fun riding on a colorful carnival carousel
Two cute kids enjoying a ride on a fun carnival carousel. A happy girl and boy are Smiling and having fun together at the summer carnival

Summer vacation begins for students in South Florida and today marks the start of Broward’s six-week summer school program “Get back, Get Ready, Reconnect.”

Students will have an opportunity to attend a Summer learning experience at Tradewinds Elementary School.
It will be offered from June 21- July 29th. The program hours will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm daily (M-Th).

Embattled Superintendent Robert Runcie says it’s geared toward helping students who have fallen behind, more than 40 percent of Black students in grades 6 through 12 received one or more failing grades in the third quarter — that’s up from 26 percent a year ago. Runcie’s last day on the job is August 10th, as he leaves to fight a felony perjury charge. His interim replacement has not been named yet.

Also, 15 Palm Beach County Library locations are serving as meal distribution sites for the eligible children ages 18 and under during the summer months, June through August. The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program provides meals sites are located throughout Palm Beach County in low-income neighborhoods.

Parents picking up kits without their child present must bring identification for the child. Acceptable forms of identification include student ID, child’s passport or other government-issued ID, birth certificate, adoption decree, immunization records, and school demographics. Meal kits will not be provided to parents who do not bring their child or do not provide proper identification.

Families without transportation may walk up to collect meal kits.