Parents can help fight summer brain drain


Fortville Elementary School first-grade teacher Sara Schaefer helps prepare one of the first-grade classrooms before the school year starts for Mt. Vernon on Wednesday. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)

HANCOCK COUNTY — The promise of a long summer replete with lazy days and no homework has been almost too tempting for a student on break to ignore.

But there can be unintended consequences of eight weeks devoid of learning and new experiences: summer brain drain, or the loss of skills and learned abilities over the long school break.

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