The summer trap : the struggle to create affordable educational programs

Chelsey Chapin, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Children from low-income families deserve an equal opportunity to stay educationally engaged over the summer. However children from the community of Cedar are offered no summer enrichment. Since children get three months off during the summer they usually return back to school a few months behind their peers who had the opportunity to engage in summer activities. Creating a free and fun educational summer program would give these children a way to keep their minds active while on summer vacation. The researcher focused on a low-income community and school where four teachers, three parents, and three community members where interviewed. The researcher learned that creating a summer program would take a lot of money, time, and volunteers. In response a donation letter was created to help get funding to make this summer program available at a free or reduced cost. The support from within the community and its members is what will make this summer program possible for the children of Cedar.