What are you doing this summer? #PghSummer16 to the rescue!

Maria Montessori famously said, “What the hand does, the mind remembers.” As an educator myself, I also agree that hands-on learning experiences are treasures that open the door to academic and social growth. With the much-welcomed warm weather comes a break from those everyday routines that makes us feel like robots. As a mother of two girls, I am looking forward to giving my daughters a chance to engage in some fun, hands-on earning experiences.

We are so very fortunate to live in America’s most livable city. Indeed, there are a plethora of summer activities to choose from and have my girls experience. Ironically enough, having so many choices can be daunting. Where do I start? What programs best fit my girls' needs and interests? Thankfully, the Summer 16 campaign, generously supported by PNC, serves as an invaluable resource for families looking for fun summer programs to keep their children active and engaged in new learning experiences.

The Summer 16 website (www.pghsummer16.com) is your one stop guide to helping your family find fun, learning activities, events and youth employment opportunities across Allegheny County. From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Summer Reading Contest, to Youth Express, Citiparks programming and so much more, you and your family are sure to discover activities and opportunities that will make memories to last a lifetime.

If your child is looking forward to experiencing what it’s like to be a part of the workforce, the Summer 16 website highlights some wonderful opportunities through Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB), the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County Learn and Earn Initiative.

I may be a teacher, but at the end of the day, I am a working mother who sometimes feels overwhelmed by it all. While enrolling our children in fun learning programs should not take us off the hook from working one on one with our kids, such opportunities offer our children a chance to interact with their peers and take the pressure off of parents who are trying to prevent the summer slide. We were never meant to do it all, yet what we are meant to do is support our children. Placing our kids in an environment that fosters learning is an effective way to support a child’s academic and social growth.

So what are you and your child doing this summer? I’d love to hear about how the Summer 16 website has helped you craft a summer of fun and opportunities for your family. Be sure to join me at the #PghSummer16 Twitter Party on June 17 from 12:30-1:30 PM EST to learn more and share your thoughts and plans for a summer to remember!

I’m teaming up with the Summer 16 to help ensure all Allegheny County children have a safe, healthy and productive summer. Although I am receiving some form of compensation, all opinions remain my own. #PghSummer16