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Heat is On at Local Summer Camps
The heat outside isn't stopping summer camps from outdoor fun. Springfield Urban League's Freedom School program is in full swing. More than 100 minority students are participating in the program, which helps cut down the academic gap for literacy and mathematics. They promote and encourage learning though arts, crafts, games, sports, and recreational activities.
With the summer heat, though, teachers do have to take some extra precautions.
"Watch very closely on hot and sunny days," youth community programs director Danyel Pitts said. "We come into the area where it's shaded. Popsicles, cool snacks, and definitely fully hydrated. Definitely make sure they're drinking plenty of fluids daily."
We're told they also have weather watchers who monitor temperatures outside and watch for early signs of heat exhaustion among the students.