Summer Resources 2021

Fairhaven Public Schools Summer Resources 2021

This information is meant to provide you with resources for Summer 2021 regarding summer learning programs, food options, summer reading and more.

You can also download the Summer Resource Packet for Parents/Students here.




Summer Learning Program Opportunities

Fairhaven Public Schools will provide a Summer Learning Program to all interested students from July 6, 2021 through August 3, 2021. The Massachusetts Department of  Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has deemed the summer an extension of the 2020-21 school year. Credit recovery will be paid for by the district. As such, we will pay for anyone who wishes to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program (K-8) or Credit Recovery (9-12).

Please fill out the survey to let us know if you are interested.

The Summer Learning Program will consist of:

Enrichment Program (Summer Smarts K-8)
Through Pearson, an online learning platform, elementary and middle-aged students can participate in a Summer Smarts Enrichment Program remotely. This program focuses on building math and reading skills through a fun, interactive, game-like platform. Students can play these games at their own leisure weekly to enhance their math and reading skills. Certified teachers will monitor student activity and performance, and can work with students via LiveLessons if needed. This program is not graded.

Original Credit 9-12
Through Pearson, an online learning platform, motivated high school students have the option to earn 0.5 credits through an elective course, as an option to get ahead on high school credits. Online courses will include weekly live lessons and a certified MA teacher for core content areas.

Credit Recovery Program (9-12)
Through Pearson, an online learning platform, middle and high school students have the option to obtain .5 credits toward any course where credit recovery is needed through instructional design and intelligent feedback. We encourage students to utilize this opportunity in order to ensure a promotion to the next grade level if needed. If you have questions about whether your child is eligible for credit recovery, please contact your child's guidance counselor.


Summer Food Resources

Fairhaven Public Schools will discontinue its Grab N Go Nutrition Services at Elizabeth I. Hastings Middle School on the last day of school, June 17, 2021. 

We realize that there are families who may be in need of food assistance over the summer and want to provide you with additional information and resources on available options. The list of local free meal pickup locations is still being finalized, and will be communicated with you once it’s available sometime at the end of the month or early July. However, in the meantime, please use the resources listed below for information to obtain food.
Project Bread FoodSource Hotline
For anyone in Massachusetts who needs food assistance, start by calling the FoodSource Hotline, a one-stop-shop to learn about all the resources available to you.

Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333.

Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am - 7pm. Saturday: 10am - 2pm.

Counselors can assist callers with SNAP (information, eligibility screening, and over-the-phone application assistance), finding free meals for kids and school meal sites, summer meal sites, P-EBT, local food pantries and meal programs, and more. Counselors can assist callers in 180 languages.


Financial Assistance for Groceries through SNAP
SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A federal nutrition program (formerly known as food stamps) that provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify. Once enrolled, you will receive a monthly cash benefit on an EBT card that can be used just like a debit card for food shopping.

To learn more about your eligibility, call 1-800-645-8333 or visit the website at GettingSNAP.org.


Free Meals for Kids and Teens
Free meals are currently being provided for all kids and teens at sites across Massachusetts. These meals will continue to be provided through the end of September 2021.

All kids and teens are eligible for these meals, no registration or identification is required to pick them up.

Summer 2021 meal sites have not been confirmed yet. Once we know more, we will post the sites here. You can also use meals4kids.org/find-summer-meal-site to find free meal sites.


Pandemic EBT for Eligible Students (P-EBT)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals at a public school, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school

Families who receive SNAP benefits or cash assistance will receive P-EBT benefits on the EBT card they already have. Students receiving P-EBT can still pick up meals from grab-and-go student meal sites.

To learn more about your eligibility, call 1-877-382-2363 or visit https://www.map-ebt.org

Food Pantries
Food pantries provide free emergency groceries to individuals and families in their local communities. For the latest information about hours and operation, visit www.gbfb.org.

To see a list of local Food Pantries in the New Bedford area, click here: https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/


 Summer Reading (7-12)

Fairhaven Public Schools works hard to build a culture of readers. In the summer of 2021 we ask all students to KEEP READING.

Read when you can as much as you can. Students are encouraged to participate in the Fairhaven Summer Reading Program by reading at least ONE book during the summer.


Elizabeth I. Hastings Middle School Summer Reading Program
More information will be shared soon.

Fairhaven High School Summer Reading Program
 
Every student in grades 9-12 is encouraged to participate in the Fairhaven High School Summer Reading Program by reading at least ONE book during the summer. When we return to school, students will have a choice of opportunities to show that they did in fact read and share their experience with the book they selected. All students should consider the reading level and subject matter before selecting a book and discuss their choices with their parent/guardian.

Some books on the recommended list contain mature content. Parents should consider their child’s reading tastes and maturity. Parents/Guardians may wish to read their child’s book choice.

Go to Common Sense Media for information about book titles.

Visit the FHS Summer Reading website for book recommendations.



Champions Summer Camp

Champions is now enrolling summer campers ages 5-13. Camp will be held at Leroy L. Wood Elementary School. Please call 508-441-2714 for more information on how to signup.

Download the Champions Summer Camp flyer here.

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