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8 Resources for a Fun and Safe Summer

Published by Saint Paul Public Schools May 30, 2019

Kids eating popsicles

Here's a great list that we're happy to share to ensure every student has a fun and safe vacation.

Free summer meals: SPPS will provide free meals to children 18 years old and younger through its Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program begins Tuesday, June 11 and ends Friday, Aug. 23. Meals will be available at more than 75 locations throughout the city including SPPS schools, community centers and organizations. Meals will include breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, depending on the site's hours of operation. For a list of current sites, download the Summer Eats Minnesota app for meal service times or visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or spps.org/ns.

Metro Transit summer student pass: Current SPPS students in grades 9-12 can get a summer's worth of rides on buses and light rail for just $29 with the Summer Student Pass. From June 1 through Sept. 4, students can get unlimited rides on buses and trains up to a $3.25 fare. Passes can be used between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2WIQ7ZT.

Summer Learning Programs (S-Term): SPPS offers Summer Learning Programs (S-Term) for students in grades K-12. Students will have opportunities to catch up on academics, learn new skills, prepare for college and career, and make progress toward graduation. All programs are FREE. Register your current SPPS student online at spps.org/summer.

Saint Paul Community Education: Community Education is the place to be when your child is out of school. We offer a variety of high quality, engaging programs for youth of all ages. For more information and to register for classes, visit stpaul.ce.eleyo.com. 

Free YMCA membership for teens: If you’re starting grade 9-12 in the fall, you can take advantage of free membership at Twin Cities YMCAs this summer with the Get Summer program. For more information, visit ymcamn.org/getsummer. 

Saint Paul Park and Recreation: The City of Saint Paul offers a variety of free and low-cost summer programs to students.

  • Roaming Recreation: Roaming Recreation brings outdoor summer fun to your neighborhood! Roaming Rec is a free youth program offering athletic programs, arts and crafts, and other organized activities led by Saint Paul's fun and energetic Recreation in Motion team. Snacks will be served at each session.
  • Summer Blast: Summer Blast is a free afternoon program for youth who will be entering grades 1-6 in the fall. Activities include crafts, art, tennis, cooking, swimming, gym games, water fun, outdoor nature activities, outdoor play, fitness, kitchen science, field trips and more. Partnering with the Saint Paul Public Library, youth are encouraged to keep reading all summer through fun literature activities and programs. A daily snack is provided.  No Summer Blast on July 4.
  • Summer Camps: Preschool, elementary students and teens can choose from activities in sports, arts, or science. Fees vary.

St. Paul Library’s Summer Spark program: Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. Join in the fun by attending free programs at your library and earn prizes by completing reading and activity challenges! For more information, visit sppl.org/browse_program/summer-spark.

Summer reading resources: All SPPS students have unlimited access to e-books, online homework help, free music downloads, five physical library materials at a time and tons of other free resources offered by the Saint Paul Public library. If you know your six-digit student ID and birthday, you can access Library Go resources right now!

Need book recommendations? Check out these lists of books handpicked by the Saint Paul Public Library: