TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning opportunities are over for Vigo County students.

The Summer Program for students in grades 2 – 12 is underway and is a 14-day program designed to enhance students’ learning skills during the summer.

It’s broken down into workshops for grades 2 – 5 with the Math Magic Writing Wonders Workshop where students participate in hands-on learning activities in both math and writing and the Gateway to Summer program for grades 6-8, where students interact with middle school teachers and counselor as well as participate in field trips.

Summer program director Katelynn Lieberman talks about why these summer learning programs are so important for kids.

“So for our students and as adults as well you know we never stop learning,” Liebermann said. “So this summer it’s just a different approach, we’re continuing that experience in the classroom, offering them some different programming activities and enrichment activities as well,” she added.

For grades 7 – 12 there’s the performing arts workshop where students can participate in a full performance experience.

From setup to the musical accompaniment, the students are supported by their teachers. Performing Arts Workshop Director, Kyle McArdell with Woodrow Wilson Middle School noted that kids can gain not only memories but invaluable skills from this workshop.

“They’re going to need certain skills to communicate that they’re learning right now, even in the pit or on the technical side. They’re asked to be involved in these games so just simply the ability to communicate, and not always be prepared but be able to think one step ahead and have that sort of skill for the future,” McArdell said.

Over 500 students are participating in the summer program.