Director of Media Relations
News Date: May 30, 2017
City of Columbus and Community Partners Kick Off School’s Out Summer Events
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Columbus City Schools Superintendent/CEO Dr. Dan Good and Councilmember Jaiza Page, along with many community partners, announced the kick off of summer events today at Driving Park Community Center, 1100 Rhoads Ave. The Department of Recreation and Parks is not only offering extensive summer programming at its community centers, but also using its website as a clearinghouse for events and activities for youth and families.
The website, www.columbus.gov/schoolsout, provides links to programming at Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Gateway Film Centers, Ohio History Connection and many more.
Mayor Ginther focused his remarks on community-based safety initiatives that strengthen neighborhoods and foster trust such as My Brother’s Keeper, summer youth employment, the Community Action Resilience and Empowerment Coalition and the Teen Police and Service Academy. “We know that children are safe when they are in school,” said Mayor Ginther. “We need to make sure they have safe places and experiences that keep them engaged and growing throughout the summer months.”
“So many of our education partners across the city have stepped up to offer special summer programming aimed at our more than 51,000 students,” said Dr. Dan Good, who also noted the large number of elementary and middle school students who sign up for the District’s free Summer School. “We keep students of all ages most safe when we keep them engaged and on a never-ending path of education, learning and personal growth.”
City Councilmember Jaiza Page highlighted the Applications for Purpose, Pride and Success (APPS) programming focused on prevention strategies for youth and young adults ages 14-21, as well as recreational options offered at the 29 community centers. She said, “The numerous programs the City’s community centers offer our youth provide safe summer activities. I hope everyone takes advantage of the many fun-filled opportunities.”