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Question #9: 
How do we keep kids' brains engaged over the summer?
School's out for the summer! With the final bell announcing summer break just about to ring, our kids are thinking of fun in the sun and lazy days ahead with no more lessons or homework. Summer break from school is a much anticipated and time-honored tradition for most American children and their families. However, decades of research is showing that a two to three month break from learning is having a significant impact on our children's educational experience. Recent studies conducted by the Harvard School of Education show that the average "summer learning loss", in math and reading for the average American child is one to two months per year and the effect tends to be cumulative. So by the time your child  reaches high school he or she could have potentially lost an entire academic year of knowledge.
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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building citizen leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today's global society. 4-H provides pathways for youth to view learning as relevant to the world around them, to connect with their communities, and to become intentionally concerned and contributing citizens of their communities.  


North Carolina's agricultural industry makes major contributions to local communities and the state's economy. In Currituck, agriculture has a $50 million impact to the local economy. Agriculture programs educate farmers and homeowners to ensure farm sustainability, environmental stewardship and worker health.  

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Family and Consumer Sciences programs improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help Currituck County families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. FCS programs focus on nutrition, health, food safety, food preservation and local foods systems.