JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro decided to acknowledge the first day of summer on Tuesday afternoon along with National Day of Summer Learning.
City and state representatives came out to speak with the children about the importance of education and the kids were even treated to some ice cream and cake.
Executive Director of City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro, Rennell Woods, says they have a number of programs available to children.
"When it comes to after school reading, digital reading we've partnered with Arkansas State and the Arkansas Community Foundation, our after school learning time. Also, in the summer time we have music enrichment. The United Way Health and Fitness Initiative our USDA summer food initiative. A lot of different things we're engaging the youth in during the summer time just to keep them abreast and keep them affirm when they go back to school so they can continue to have an edge to compete in the classroom."
After school summer network coordinator for the state of Arkansas Laveta Wills-Hale was one of the speakers of the day.
Laveta says programs like those City Youth offers provides more than just additional education to kids.
"Kids can access summer learning opportunities, strengthen what they learned during the school year and hopefully return to school better equipped and better prepared. And it's also a big health issue because summer programs offer a lot of very much needed nutrition during the summer which many young people, unfortunately, would not have access to were it not for programs like this during the summer."
Rennell says City Youth's main objective is to keep kids safe, protected and learning.
There are currently around eight hundred children that actively participate in some type of program at City Youth Ministries.
For more information about City Youth Ministries, log onto their website.