To avoid “brain drain” during summer vacation, local schools in Ahwatukee Foothills are offering up educational programs for kids.

With activities for kids as young as 3 and all the way up to eighth grade, Kyrene School District’s Assistant Director of Community Education and Outreach Services Josh Glider said he strongly believes in keeping kids engaged.

“Research supports that when (a student) continues to critically think, they regain it when they come back for school,” said Glider of the common term “brain drain.”

This summer, kids can visit Kyrene schools for activities that include group reading, testing physics, making handmade soaps, and demolition challenges.

Early learning centers for kids 3 to 5 will be available at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School, 2620 E. Liberty Lane, from May to July. Estrella will also host a school-aged camp as well as the summer academy for all ages in June and July.

Neighbor school Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, will host an all-ages summer academy along with After Hours for middle school kids. New to the program this year is field trips including Diamondbacks games, Slide Rock, laser tag, and more.

For the more adventurous, Kyrene is also taking students on an overseas trip to Rome, Paris and London from May 28 to June 5.

Over at Summit School of Ahwatukee, 4515 E. Muirwood Drive, Ahwatukee kids of all ages can take refuge from the summer heat with swimming activities, enrichment classes like science, Spanish and math, as well as Camp Summit.

The camp will take students on three off-site trips a week to movie theaters, restaurants, parks and sporting events.

“Over the summer, it’s a safe, fun place for kids to go to give them something to do,” Glider said.

For more information about what your local school offers this summer, call the school directly.

To find out more about the programs above, visit kyrene.org or summitschoolaz.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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