WHO SUMMER IMPACTS
The benefits of a uniform start and end date across Texas school districts reach far across our community. Creating a uniform school calendar that begins the 4th Monday in August to the end of May impacts our children, parents, teachers, and more. Youth camps and other summer activities that operate primarily June-August need to set dates a year in advance. This ensures they're able to hire employees and give dates for operation, as well as training.
Summer camps impact Texas children of all backgrounds. It allows them to interact with other children they may have never had the chance to play with before, teaches them to practice critical thinking skills in brand new situations and environments, and gives them an outlet to learn who they are outside of the classroom. Camp teaches children the importance of resilience, and that no matter what, you get up time and time again and keep trying.
93% of American
accredited camps offer
financial assistance to over one million children who are from economically deprived families, have special medical needs, or special situations that might preclude them from attending camp.
Many young adults rely on summer employment to help with family income, as well as college tuition. These jobs are also vital to teaching high school and college students work ethic and responsibility which will carry them into their careers later in life.
Camp and other summer staffing relies heavily on high school and college-age students. Uniform start and end dates help these businesses and organizations with staffing, along with allowing students to set up the summer employment many of them rely on.
Time and time again, families report seeing a positive impact on their children that correlates with with engaging in summer activities. When a child thrives, the whole family thrives.
Creating uniform start and end dates to school districts across Texas results in better parent choice over what summer looks like for their family. It expands the opportunity for extracuriculars families cannot take part in during the school year, more individualized educational approaches for children who need it, and the ability for families to spend more quality time together.
Summer is valuable time for teachers across Texas. Uniform start and end dates impact how teachers are able to dedicate their summer months. Many teachers spend June-August focusing on additional education, which in turn positively impact their students, while others focus on securing employment in the summer. Many teachers rely on this employment for additional family income, as well as funding their continued education.
Along with young adults, camp and other summer staffing relies heavily on teachers. Uniform state and end dates help these businesses and organizations with staffing, along with allowing teachers and other education staff to set up the summer employment many of them rely on.