For the second year in a row, the Tacony Community Development Corporation partnered with the Tacony Library this Summer to host the Tacony Explorers Program. This program is a one-of-a-kind experience for children in the Tacony area; focusing on literacy, STEM, and enrichment. Programs ran Monday-Friday at the library, and would not have been possible without a grant from the William Penn Foundation and an incredible team of program coordinators and volunteers.
Throughout the Summer we were able to provide 142 programs to more than 350 participants overall, more than doubling the number of children we were able to serve last year. At 11AM on Weekdays, participants joined staff for literacy programming where they worked on Summer Reading, played literacy-based games, and developed reading and comprehension skills. STEM programming was hosted every day at 1PM; the kids enjoyed fun and scientific activities like making slime, building their own robots, and creating flashlight circuits on popsicle sticks. Each day at 3PM, children and their families were engaged in enrichment activities such as painting, sculpting, and trying out new craft techniques.
Participants of these programs left with their creations, and a new interest in how learning can be fun! The library also provided free books, while the TCDC gave out snacks. After such a fun and informative Summer, Tacony’s children are almost ready to get back to school. Keep an eye on the Tacony Library and Tacony Community Development Corporation social media to find out what new programs are coming up!