AUSTIN (KXAN) — For many Austin students, summer time means halting the learning process and welcoming some fun. One local program is offering low-income students the opportunity to do both.

Joining us in the KXAN studio is Nichole Prescott, with E3 Alliance, and Allison Ivey, with Learn All The Time. The program, Out of School Time, combines summer and after-school activities.

“It’s more than just fun and games,” said Prescott. “By the time a student reaches 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6000 more hours of learning than their peers born into poverty.”

The goal is to help low-income students catch up to those additional hours of learning. Organizers say each child will benefit from an extra four hours of learning every day with their supplemental learning.

Ivey said the program is proven to:

  • Improve school attendance
  • Increase critical thinking skills
  • Enhance social and emotional skills
  • Allow for additional time to master content
  • Reduces risky behaviors

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