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Airline travel and more disrupted by global tech outage; Nevada gets OK to sell federal public lands for affordable housing;Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change; Scientists reconsider net-zero pledges to reach climate goals.

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As Trump accepts nomination for President, delegates emphasize themes of unity and optimism envisioning 'new golden age.' But RNC convention was marked by strong opposition to LGBTQ rights, which both opened and closed the event.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Mobile units aim to 'Make Summer Fair' for rural low-income kids

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024   

Mobile units are rolling out in rural California communities this summer to help keep kids engaged and combat learning loss.

The nonprofit Save the Children's "Make Summer Fair" campaign provides books and educational resources in areas where summer learning opportunities are limited.

Lucero Chavez Ramirez, California state director for Save the Children, said kids can lose two months' worth of learning while school is out.

"There is a significant learning loss during the summer months," Chavez Ramirez pointed out. "Especially for children in these rural underserved areas where they might not have the opportunity to go to a summer camp or participate in other activities."

The campaign encouraged parents to incorporate learning into their routine, setting aside time for reading every day. For young kids, parents can pick a letter of the day and then search for items starting with the letter in the grocery aisle.

Yolanda Minor, Mississippi state director for Save the Children, said parents and caregivers are kids first, best teachers. She suggested fun ways to add math into the daily equation, like talking about geometry with slices of pizza on a round dinner plate.

"Bring math into the kitchen. Include the whole family," Minor urged. "Talk about the measuring of the ingredients, how many scoops; you can even count. It's so many things that you can do at dinnertime."

Disclosure: Save the Children contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Early Childhood Education, Education, and Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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