Cuero school district officials took aim at minimizing the summer slide or summer setback among its students. They offered residents summer activities through the libraries at Hunt Elementary School and Cuero High School.

Summer setback happens when students lose some of the achievement gains they made in school because they do not read daily like they did during the school year.

Students and residents alike were welcome to use the libraries. Books could be checked out for summer reading. Students could get extra help with summer school or preparing for college exams as well as researching genealogy throughout the month of June.

Hunt Elementary School, where about 50 students participated during the month, also offered special activities every day, including painting, making birdhouses and other crafts.

This is the first time the school district has offered this summer program, which was funded through a grant from the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program under the U.S. Department of Education.

Evan Lewis is a photojournalist for the Victoria Advocate.

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