EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - School's out for the summer, but don't tell that to the kids at the East Lansing Public Library.
A special July program pairs elementary school kids with teenage tutors in a perfect partnership of education and entertainment.
6 News Evan Pinsonnault shows us how in today's "Tell Me Something Good."
"We're playing Scrabble Junior, if I had an E I could do this one"
Meet Mia. She's 6-year-old and wants to learn new words this summer because,” I’m going to be going into the first grade next fall,” said Mia, Stepping Stones Montessori, 1st Grader.
Her grandma signed her up for the East Lansing Public Library's summer tutoring series and each week in July she'll meet with a teen mentor like Emma.
"It’s cool that I was doing this a few years ago and now I get to teach that,” said Emma, East Lansing Public Library summer tutor.
The soon-to-be 14-year-old East Lansing high freshman says the kids all get to connect and communicate creatively while learning important school subjects and lessons.
“It’s not just silently playing a game, they're getting more educated in spelling or sight words or something.”
"What we're trying to do is not let kids go into that summertime slide, not the water park slide, but the slide where they haven't engaged their brain for three months,” said Phyllis Thode, East Lansing Public Library.
Phyllis Thode runs the tutoring program and says the benefits of fun and educational interaction like this last long after summer break.
"They get great skills and when they go back to school they feel like they've done something worthwhile this summer,” said Thode.
All the while smiling and studying and laughing and learning.
The summer tutoring program is free and open to the public with two hour sessions every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – noon in July. If you know a teen who would like to get involved, visit www.elpl.org.