How to Prevent Summer Brain Drain? Let Kids Play!

How to Prevent Summer Brain Drain? Let Kids Play!

The practice of giving kids a break from school during the summer started in the early 1900s, when doctors thought kids needed a reprieve from sitting still for long hours in a classroom. But long gone are the days when kids had three months of total freedom from schoolwork. How much do we need to worry about summer "brain drain?" Maybe not as much as we think.  

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Lynn Johnson is Empowering Girls Through Go Girl! Theater Camps

Lynn Johnson is Empowering Girls Through Go Girl! Theater Camps

This summer across the Bay Area, Lynn Johnson will be spreading a compassion revolution. You won’t find her holding up protest signs or rallying for her cause. Instead, you’ll see her on- and backstage with the more than 600 young girls aged 6 to 14 who are enrolled in her two-week Go Girl! theater camps, held everywhere from Palo Alto and Sonoma to the East Bay. As co-founder and CEO of Glitter & Razz Productions, the company behind Go Girl! Camps, Johnson, along with her life and business partner, Allison Kenny, strives to bolster these girls’ social and emotional skills and embrace their “girl power” through the creation of their own plays—writing them, creating sets and costumes, and ultimately performing them before an audience. Many of these girls have never before set foot on a stage.

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