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☔March /April Upcoming News☀️
CCS Summer Experience is Coming your Way! Registration Opens March 15th😎
JOIN CCS VIRTUAL FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS VIA ZOOM!! CONNECT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME!
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. (on Zoom), our Virtual Family Engagement Sessions provide families an opportunity to learn the latest district information, hear from our community partners, provide feedback, and get answers to questions. Families can sign up to attend these sessions at www.ccsoh.us/RSVP. Here are some of the upcoming topics:
CCS Summer Experience
Tuesday, March 14
We’re getting excited for Summer in Columbus City Schools. The 2023 Summer Experience is a summer of exciting school and community-based learning experiences… and it’s FREE to all PreK through 12th Grade students. Registration is set to open, so we’re devoting our Tuesday Virtual Family Engagement Session to giving you a sneak peek, answering all your questions, and telling you how to sign up. This year’s Summer Experience includes fun project-based learning that students and families have been able to enjoy through our Pathway Express focuses: Entrepreneurship, Family & Consumer Sciences, Fine Arts, STEM, and World Languages & Cultures.
Summer Opportunity #3 - Specialized Camps
Thursday, March 16
The countdown to Summer is underway, and parents need to start planning now for their children’s summer fun. During the month of March, the Columbus City Schools Engagement team will share a wide variety of summer opportunities, all leading up to our in-person Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair. During this Thursday’s Virtual Family Engagement Session, we spotlight summer opportunities for our exceptional learners - Special Education (adaptive camps), Gifted & Talented, and English Language Learners - with our partners from: A Kid Again, Learning 4 Life Farm (LTC), Remember Us Urban Scouts, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, and the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
OSU Summer Camps
Tuesday, March 21
Give me an “O-H” for Summer. During the month of March, the Columbus City Schools Engagement team is sharing a wide variety of summer opportunities, all leading up to our in-person Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair. During this special Tuesday’s Virtual Family Engagement Session, we spotlight summer opportunities from our partners at The Ohio State University. Hear about summer fun provided by the OSU Extension Office 4-H program, the Center for Automotive Research, the College of Nursing, OSU’s world languages and cultures program, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and the OSU Philosophy and Critical Thinking Summer Camp. “I-O”
Summer Opportunity #4 - Middle and High School
Thursday, March 23
The countdown to Summer is underway, and parents need to start planning now for their children’s summer fun. During the month of March, the Columbus City Schools Engagement team has been sharing a wide variety of summer opportunities, all leading up to our in-person Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair this Saturday. During this Thursday’s Virtual Family Engagement Session, we spotlight summer opportunities for Middle and High School students - including opportunities for Internship, Community Service, and Employment - with our partners at Community Refugee & Immigration Services, Central Community House (Transit Arts), Think Make Live Youth, IMPACT, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Ohio Farm Bureau.
Community Resources for Families
It's cold outside, but many Summer Camp programs have already begun registration. Attached is a link for a Summer Camp Guide that will be updated frequently. Check back often for updates and new additions to the list. Summer Camp Info!
Help as COVID-Era SNAP Benefits End
In March, additional COVID-era Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have come to an end. For Ohio families receiving help in buying groceries through SNAP, this means monthly benefit amounts will be cut significantly as program payments go back to pre-pandemic levels.
To help SNAP recipients and the public understand and prepare for this change, our partners at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC) has prepared answers to some frequently asked questions. Families who have general questions about SNAP or who need help applying for other benefits can contact MOFC’s Benefits and Customer Outreach Team at 614-782-5503 or use the link below.