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Arlington's Mathmobile helps prevent summer slide


A new Mathmobile will be rolling through the streets of Arlington this summer to help students maintain their academic skills during the long summer break. During the summer, many children lose knowledge and skills, which is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” Participating in summer learning activities can prevent the summer slide.

“Most researchers agree that the benefits of participating in summer learning programs goes beyond retaining and developing academic skills and learning,” said Terri Bookey, Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs for Arlington Public Schools. “Other common benefits are an increase in confidence and social skills, better work habits, and a reduction of the achievement gap commonly found among groups of students.”

The bus will be staffed with three teachers and three paraeducators who will provide play-based math instruction to participants. While the instruction is geared toward elementary students, preschool and middle school students can also participate. Students are encouraged to attend for the full hour-and-a-half session to fully benefit from the math instruction.

The Mathmobile will travel each Monday from June 25 through Aug. 20 to the following locations:

•9:30-11:00 a.m. —Presidents Elementary (parking lot).

•11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Timbers Apartments (by office).

•2-3:30 p.m. — Mobile Estates on 67th Avenue.

The Books on the Bus “Bookmobile” will continue to run again this summer. The bookmobile will run each Wednesday from June 27 through Aug. 22 at different times and locations.

More information is available on the district website at


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