A guide to summer camps, activities, meals through Spokane Public Schools

SPOKANE, Wash. — There are just a few days left in the school year for Spokane students!

While a lot of major summer camps in the Inland Northwest are full or already filling up quickly, there are options through Spokane Public Schools that will keep your kids active and learning through the summer months.

SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

One summer program that is back after COVID restrictions shut them down — K-12 Athletics Camp.

Spokane High Schools will be hosting summer athletics camps for different sports like volleyball, football, basketball, soccer and much more.

There are options for kids at every grade level and most camps are starting as soon as Monday, June 20.

Also still open for sign-ups is a summer program at Shaw Middle School.

It’s for kids in Pre-K-8th grade.

Kids can expect a summer of sports, arts, recreation and S.T.E.M. learning.

The summer program starts next Tuesday, June 21 and runs through July 14.

To sign your child up for these summer camp options, just reach out to the school where it’s happening.

Spokane Public Schools is also working with community partners to offer a list of other summer camp options on its website.

Stephanie Splater, Director of Athletics and After-School Programs with Spokane Public Schools, says interest in summer camps is high among families and the district is happy to be bringing back opportunities for students to stay connected and stay learning.

“That’s really the over-arching theme is to connect around things that are fun, that they can do together in the summer but also bridge that gap that often happens in the summer between all the learning that we just did and then starting back to school,” said Splater. “So weaving in fun and new learning and connections with people is our goal.”

SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

Spokane Public Schools will be serving breakfast and lunch at some camps this summer and for anyone in the community — regardless of school district- as long as they are age 18 and under.

Summer meals will be free and served at different sites around Spokane starting Tuesday, June 21.

Meals will be served at 38 sites and you can check those locations on the Spokane Public Schools website.

One big change this year — breakfast and lunch will be served on location. There will be no take home options like in previous summers.

Ellen Ramus, the Nutrition Services Area Supervisor at Spokane Public Schools, says the USDA is once again requiring meals to be served, eaten and finished on-site, returning the summer meal program back to how it was pre-pandemic.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic they gave us a set of waivers which allowed us to stretch some rules,” said Ramus. “Traditionally, the USDA requires meals to be eaten on-site, which means you go to a place to have lunch, you have to eat it there and we are back to that now. So gone are the days where we could take something home and eat it at home at our leisure. Now we have to have all the meals that are served eaten on-site and within the time frame.”

Most summer meal locations will be at schools, parks, aquatic centers and community centers.

With inflation affecting meal affordability for Spokane families, the school district says providing free meals over the summer is something that’s never been more necessary.