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Summer Learning starts; sign-up continues until Wednesday (Video, photo gallery)





The 2022 CMSD Summer Learning Experience got under way Monday, with more than 30 sites welcoming students in preschool through 12th grade.

Mayor Justin Bibb and District CEO Eric Gordon greeted students and parents as they streamed into Wade Park School. One mother said the first Summer Learning Experience, held last year, sold her on coming back.

“That’s why we’re here,” said the mother, named DD, who signed up one child who is entering first grade and another who will be in the seventh. “It was beneficial. It kept them doing something during the summer.”

Another mom, named Jaimi, said a teacher recommended that she register her son, who has autism. She said her son, who was in preschool during the past year, fares well academically but could benefit from socialization.

“I just want him to thrive,” she said.

Summer Learning keeps students engaged as they continue to work through the effects that the pandemic has had on learning nationwide. Registration is free; meals and transportation also are provided,

They can finish unfinished learning and take part in enrichment projects in the morning or enjoy fun activities supervised by community partners in the afternoon. Older students can gain workplace experience. 

More than 6,000 students are signed up for full- or half-day sessions that will last four weeks for those in high school and five weeks for preschool through eighth grade.

Though the program has begun, registration will continue through Wednesday.

Parents can sign up students by going to or calling 216-838-3675. To participate, students must be enrolled in a CMSD school or pre-registered to enroll.

Mayor Bibb, CEO Eric Gordon and others will recruit more families this afternoon when they knock on doors in neighborhoods near the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center, 6301 Lorain Ave.