For students and teachers at the Intergenerational Schools, finding new ways to stay connected and engaged was a key theme of the 2020-2021 school year. As summer approaches, we’re ready to close our laptops and reconnect safely in real life—which is why the Intergenerational Schools are kicking off a series of themed summer camps through our Love of Learning Summer Program. 

From June 14-July 2, Intergenerational Schools students will return to their school buildings and schoolyards to follow their passions and find new ones. Teachers across the network have designed weeklong programming around passions they can share with students. 

For example, at Lakeshore Intergenerational School, Ms. Furlong will guide campers through a Coding and Robotics Camp. Using curriculum from, students will learn coding and robotics basics to aid them in designing and building their own, working robots. At Near West Intergenerational School, Ms. Onda and Ms. Monaghan will lead walking field trips on the city’s near west side for Connect with Cleveland. At The Intergenerational School – East, Mr. Harris is hosting a football camp in partnership with Benedictine High School and the Boys and Girls Club, where students will study the sport and perform workouts and drills. These are just a few of the 10 camp sessions being offered through Love of Learning Summer. 

“There has been so much talk about learning loss this year,” said Molly Toussant, Education Director for the Intergenerational Schools, “But we are even more concerned about the loss of human connection. We know learning is a social process, and while we have centered connecting with each other since last March, we know there is something important about being in the same space.” 

Registration for Love of Learning Summer is open to all students enrolled at an Intergenerational School for the 2021-2022 school year. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students from this past year to reconnect over a shared interest with their classmates and teachers, and for newly enrolled students to make friends and get a sense of what makes our schools so special,” said Brooke King, Executive Director at the Intergenerational Schools.