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New program helps Memphis kids retain knowledge over summer

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new community foundation initiative is making sure kids continue to learn throughout the Summer while school is out.

Three year old Marcus and his Porter-Leath classmates love to learn, but his mother Janet Damaso is concerned over the summer all of that learning could disappear.

"They forget it," Damaso said.

Statistics said she should be. According to the Oxford Learning Center, students on average lose two months of reading skills over the summer. This is where "Beyond the Classroom" comes in. It's a $300,000 grant for the next three years by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

"Kids need access to these types of programs," said Julia Donald with Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

The program will spread the money to five separate non-profits, including Porter-Leath, for summer and after school education. Porter-Leath will focus on incoming kindergartners.

"We really wanted to prepare them to go back to school ready'" Donald said. "Maybe even having gained knowledge over the summer."

"Oh, it's really exciting and it's a blessing. It helps a lot for the kids," Damaso said. "They can learn and they don't forget what they learn."

Damaso plans on enrolling Marcus in the summer program next year.

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