Editors note 7/21/22

This isn't summer school. Nor is it like other camps. Compass for Kids, the 10-year-old Springfield nonprofit, is partnering with Springfield public schools District 186 again this summer to bring Camp Compass to more than 600 low-income elementary school children. As this summer's camp session wound down this week, Compass for Kids brought its adult stakeholders to Enos Elementary, one of the camp's several sites. A video showed afternoon activities, including swimming, dancing, drumming and field trips. Then a tour of classrooms showed the morning activities – children in small groups with teachers, practicing math and reading. Camp Compass helps close achievement gaps and prevents summer learning loss. It closes the fun gap as well. –Fletcher Farrar, editor