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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- Brain Drain. Summer Slump. Whatever you call it, educators say after school gets out for the summer, it could happen to your child.

After students stop hitting the books for the summer, experts say they could regress academically.

They stress the importance of summer camps, reading programs, or even tutoring to keep students' brains working and learning during the summer.

The Tutoring Center in Lewisburg is beginning summer programs soon. They are offering summer remediation and enrichment. They say this isn't just for students who may be stuck, but also for students who want to get a jump start on the upcoming school year. Interested families can call 304-645-1877.

Christy Carver, the assistant director of the Greenbrier County Public Library, said reading is the best way to combat the "summer slide."

The Greenbrier County Public Library is taking sign-ups for its summer reading program, "Dig Into Reading." The deadline for registering is 2 PM on June 8th. The program begins on June 18th. Children read 10 books, or if their parents want to read the books to them, 25 by August 1st.

Carnegie Hall is also beginning the 21st Annual Kids' College, with sessions on July 8-12 and 15-19. There are morning and afternoon sessions including pottery, cooking, printmaking, archaeology, robotics, painting, and even history. Children from kindergarten to 7th grade can attend, and for information families can visit this website.

Robin Spence, Director of The Tutoring Center in Lewisburg, said, "Maybe they've forgotten their seven times tables, or how to comprehend a sentence or diagram a sentence.... Very often a teacher will have to spend the first few weeks of school re-teaching what they learned last year."

She added that learning should take place all year, not just during school hours.

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