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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

July 11, 2005
TO: Education reporters, editors, producers
FROM: Amy Cowles | (443) 287-9960 | amycowles@jhu.edu
RE: Illinois celebrates National Summer Learning Day
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Thursday, July 14
WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry
North Entrance
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Ill.

More than 500 day campers from Chicago area YMCAs will participate in a special field trip to the museum to mark National Summer Learning Day, sponsored by The Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and the YMCA of the USA.

Summer Learning Day is designed to showcase the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people and their families. Each year, the Center for Summer Learning works with organizations across the country to highlight the critical role summer programs play in:

  • Sending young people back to school ready to learn;
  • Supporting working families; and
  • Keeping children safe and healthy.

  • Speakers include Jesse Ruiz, chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education; Elliot Regenstein, director of Education Reform; Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning; Ken Gladish, national executive director of the YMCA of the USA; and Julie Berkhouse of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. In conjunction with the event, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and Workman Publishing will donate more than 9,000 Brain Quest educational games to kids at YMCA summer programs throughout Illinois, including the 500 children attending Thursday's event. Since 1999, JCPenney and the JCPenney Afterschool Fund have given more than $1.3 million to afterschool organizations in Illinois.

    For information, contact Amy Cowles at (443) 287-9960 or Ron Fairchild at (410) 516-6221.

    Related Web sites:
    Center for Summer Learning/National Summer Learning Day
    YMCA of the USA
    JCPenney Afterschool Fund

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