Buffalo, NY, July 6, 2016 – Today, Buffalo Public Schools opened its free summer camps for students in grades kindergarten through six.   Summer camp began on Tuesday, July 5th and will run through August 12th, Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily. The Buffalo Public Schools and Say Yes jointly fund the camps.


There are a total of 55 camps in locations around the city including at community centers and churches offering spots for more than 1,779 students.


“This year’s summer camps in cooperation with Say Yes, the City of Buffalo, and our community sponsors, encompass at least three elements that are primary to student growth—excellence in early learning, extended learning, and community services for our children and families,” said Superintendent Kriner Cash.  “These camps take the whole child into account, and will supplement, sharpen, and focus the skills and creativity they already have, keeping them ready and eager for academics this fall.  I am grateful to our many partners for their continual support of our schools.”


Summer camp activities include academic enrichment with a focus on math, English language learning, arts and reading, with curriculum developed by the school district. Each camp location is staffed with at least one New York State certified teacher who leads the academic learning for camp goers. Camp activities also include field trips, arts and recreation and participation in Mayor Brown’s Reading Rules Summer Reading Challenge.


“I’m happy that Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo Public Schools have incorporated my Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge into their summer camp program,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “By reading books and writing summaries over the summer, students who participate in Reading Rules keep their academic skills sharp over the summer months.”

A five-year agreement that was announced in 2015 with Say Yes Buffalo sees the nonprofit sharing in the funding and development of summer camps through 2021.


“We recognize the importance of continued learning and engagement through the summer months so that students don’t experience learning loss and are ready for the next school year come September,” said David Rust, Say Yes Buffalo Executive Director. “Our commitment to Buffalo’s students is to remove any barriers to academic success, so investing in summer learning opportunities that ensure they are starting the next school year on track makes sense for us.”


About the Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo School District is the 2nd largest in New York State, serving 34,000 students in nearly 60 facilities. The district strives to bring exemplary teaching practices and unparalleled opportunities to our diverse student population. Our mission is to ensure that every student will have the confidence, knowledge, thinking skills, character and hope to assume responsibility for her/his life and contribute to the lives of others. To accomplish this we champion excellence and innovative learning experiences in partnership with family and community, and we hold ourselves accountable for educating our students and for working to energize all members of the community to actively participate in the accomplishment of our mission.


About The Say Yes Buffalo Partnership

Launched in 2012, the Say Yes Buffalo partnership is a community collaboration dedicated to strengthening the city’s public school system and increasing high school and postsecondary graduation rates. Comprised of the Buffalo Public School District, City of Buffalo, Erie County, the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the District Parent Coordinating Council and more than one-hundred other funders and community-based-organizations is made possible by the collaboration and generosity of Western New York individuals, families, businesses and organizations and Say Yes to Education. More information at www.SayYesBuffalo.org.




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