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Summer is an important time for learning. According to the Summer Learning Association, more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be credited to unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
To help address this, KBTC and community partners offer educational resources, including tips, activities and summer programs, for children and families to make learning fun, all summer long.
KBTC Summer Programs
KBTC partners with community organizations to offer summer camps and other learning opportunities to children in the Tacoma area. Find information on local offerings below.
TPS Summer Meals
Tacoma Public Schools Nutrition Services Department is one of many partners offering free breakfast or lunch to children and teens ages 18 and younger throughout the community as part of the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tacoma Public Schools will begin its Summer Meal Program
for Tacoma kids on Monday, June 29 and provide meals
through Friday, August 18.
The 2020 Summer Meals Program offered by TPS:
Curbside Grab 'n' Go service
10 a.m. to noon
Monday through Thursday
Meals packs will include a breakfast and lunch. All sites will
distribute 2-day meal packs on Thursdays. Parents or
guardians may pick up meals for students.
TPS Summer Meal Program sites:
Baker Middle School, 8001 S. J St.
First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St.
Giaudrone Middle School, 4902 S. Alaska St.
Gray Middle School, 6229 S. Tyler St.
Meeker Middle School, 4402 Nassau Ave NE
Stewart Middle School, 5010 S. Pacific Ave.
Truman Middle School, 5801 N. 35th St.
Additional Meal Programs
St. Leo's, beginning June 29, Monday-Friday:
St. Leo's is creating several Grab N Go mobile routes throughout the city inspired by our Meals on Wheels program and based on route information we were able to provide. This will target some of our high-need elementary locations, apartment complexes, and other high-density areas, such as in parts of Hilltop and Central Tacoma.
Mary Bridge, starts July 6, Monday-Friday:
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, located near Jason Lee, is preparing to serve 200 curbside per day. (To provide service to families who have been going to Jason Lee.)
Metro Parks Tacoma, starts July 6, Monday-Friday:
Wright Park, Franklin Park, South Park, Titlow Park, Wapato Park, Verlo Playfield and Portland Ave. Park.