Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy
In 2013, MEF launched the Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy, a 5-week academic summer enrichment program targeted at improving student math and reading scores while preventing summer learning loss. Research shows that students lose an average of 2-3 months of academic skills during the summer months - the Brain Forest aims to prevent this learning loss while providing a summer of cultural and arts enrichment, academics and fun. The full day program serves rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in Montgomery Public Schools and is provided at no cost to participating families. Students are engaged in mornings of hands-on academic learning and afternoons of engaging enrichment activities including swimming, horseback riding, kayaking and field trips to sites around the city such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, WSFA News Studios. Old Alabama Town and much more. The program has been tremendously successful, in 2015 students demonstrated average gains of 2-3 months in both reading and math. What a difference five weeks can make!
Brain forest Reading on Wheels
The Reading on Wheels Program (ROW) a seven-week initiative aiming to engage Montgomery’s youth during the summer through literacy and STEM. With access to our fully stocked mobile library and multi-concept STEM enrichment lab, this program provides a dynamic summer experience for all participants. ROW, offered by the Montgomery Education Foundation in collaboration with Montgomery Public Schools, the Montgomery City-County Public Library, and the Montgomery County Commission, reaches nearly 1,000 children weekly at community centers, local YMCAs, and faith-based youth programs. The primary goal of the program was to provide academic and focused learning opportunities for Montgomery children ages six to twelve years in order to prevent the summer learning loss that most students experience when their minds are not actively engaged during the summer.
2017 ROW Summer Sites:
Cleveland Ave. YMCA, Dunbar Ramer Community Center, First Baptist Church of Greater Washington Park, Flatwood Community Center, Floyd Community Center, Goodtimes YMCA, Hayneville Rd Community Center, Heritage Baptist Church, Highland Gardens Community Center, Hope Hull Community Center, Kershaw YMCA, Mt. Gilliard Baptist Church, Sheridan Heights, Southeast YMCA, Tulane Gardens/Centennial Plaza Housing Community