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AETN, Clinton Foundation partner for Bridge to the Future Festival April 29

Posted 26 Apr 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network has partnered with the Clinton Foundation for the Bridge to the Future Festival, a free community festival that encourages students to read throughout their summer break in an effort to avoid learning loss, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The festival will be held at the Clinton Presidential Park, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock. The event brings together community organizations to provide fun, educational activities for kids and literacy, health and safety resources for parents.

Extensive research has shown all students experience some level of 'summer learning loss' or 'summer setback' while on summer breaks. This has been evidenced by students scoring lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation. Students who see the biggest drops in test scores are already in higher-risk, low-income groups. On average, educators spend four-to-six weeks re-teaching material that was lost during the break.

At the event AETN will be distributing activity books, reading charts, reading books, bookmarks and more to encourage children to read. Additional summer learning materials will be available at aetn.org/parents.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).