Summer Learning Updates

May 29, 2020 03:08 PM

This communication is a follow up to the district’s May 21, 2020, email noting Governor Kim Reynolds’ modifications to existing restrictions and guidelines regarding summer learning and school facilities usage.

Elementary Schools

Kids on Course University Summer Initiative

• Kids on Course University (KCU), created in 2016 with funding from the Zach Johnson Foundation, is designed to provide academic support, meals, and enrichment to hundreds of elementary school students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. This summer, given the global pandemic, the program is pivoting to focus primarily on the nutritional well-being of the community’s children. Since mid-March, when school buildings closed, the Cedar Rapids Community School District has served more than 200,000 Grab N’ Go meals, and the demand is growing each week. KCU will assist with the meal program as their main focus throughout the summer, and potentially add expanded learning opportunities after July 1. 

 Grab N' Go Meals offered throughout the summer months: Monday - Friday, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, at nine designated locations including Arthur Elementary, Grant Elementary, Grant Wood Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Nixon Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Wright Elementary, and Roosevelt Middle School.

• No charge for meals
• Pick up breakfast and lunch, children do not need to be present
• 1 breakfast & 1 lunch for each child, 18 years or younger
• Families will not be able to enter buildings
• Meals will not be consumed on-site
• No ID or paperwork required

Daycare Availability

Five Seasons Learning Center offers summer daycare at three elementary school locations: Arthur, Jackson, Viola Gibson. For more information or to sign up, please call 319-558-2927.

Take 5! Summer Reading Program

• Take 5! is a summer reading program led by the Cedar Rapids Community School District in collaboration with many community partners aimed at getting books into the hands of elementary students this summer. As many as 4,000 identified elementary students will receive five books of their own choosing this summer and will be automatically enrolled in the Cedar Rapids Public Library summer reading program and invited to enroll in the Cedar Rapids Kernels summer reading program. Additionally, third and fourth grade students who participate in the program will be invited to engage with a community member pen pal to share letters about their reading. The program is a collaborative effort involving the Zach Johnson Foundation, United Way, The Book House, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids Kernels, and other community partners. Please contact your respective school for more details. 

Middle Schools

6th Grade Academy

• 6th Grade Academy is a middle school orientation program available during the first two weeks of August for incoming 6th graders to help students transition to middle school. Spots are limited but we are aiming to serve all that would like to participate. Be watching for communication from your respective school for details.

Leaders, Believers, and Achievers

• The district is partnering with Leaders, Believers, and Achievers to encourage students to develop leadership skills, belief in themselves and a commitment to achievement. Please contact Al O'bannon,, for more details.

High Schools

• Online Credit Recovery Summer School registration is currently available. Summer School will be offered for students to recover credit for coursework.The courses will be offered online only via Edgenuity. If you have any questions about credit recovery, please contact your school counselor.       
                   • Courses run from June 8 - July 3
                   • Register by June 2nd by emailing your counselor
                   • No cost

 Online Summer Course Registration is currently available. Courses are only offered online this summer.
                   • Courses offered: Government, Economics, Earth Science, P.E.
                   • Courses run from June 8 - July 3
                   • Register by June 1st by emailing your counselor
                   • Note: incoming 9th graders are eligible
                   • Cost per course is $75

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success 
• The Academy encourages students to fulfill their academic and personal potential by infusing African American culture into the core curriculum of the summer educational program. Please contact Dr. Ruth White,, for more details.


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