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Education.com Launches 2009 Summer Activities Challenge

Leading website for parents encourages families to have fun learning together this summer, while preparing for the next school year and earning a chance to win LEGO® Sets or a Dell laptop computer. 

REDWOOD CITY, CA – June 19, 2009

Education.com, a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, has launched its 2009 Summer Activities Challenge to help parents keep their kids excited about learning during the summer break.  All families who complete the Challenge will receive a personalized certificate of achievement and will be entered to win a Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook or one of 100 LEGO Creator Mini Sets.  To complete the Challenge, parents must register on Education.com and complete at least 20 Education.com activities with their kids during the contest dates of June 22 to August 31. 
Education.com Editor-in-Chief Danielle Wood explains the company’s decision to host the Summer Activities Challenge: “Educators tell us that kids slip quite a bit academically during the three months of summer break. It’s called a ‘break’ for a reason, and no one wants to torture kids with spelling tests and math drills during the summer.  But parents tell us they do want to help their kids avoid that summer slide.  So we’ve designed activities - for preschoolers, high-schoolers, and everyone in between - that are incredibly fun, but sneak in some education, too.   By participating in the Summer Activities Challenge, families can spend some quality time together and keep their brains sharp during the summer. To kids, making backyard bottle rockets and doing secret treasure hunts will just seem like play, but underneath all the excitement, they’ll be learning, and even preparing for the new school year.”
Education.com has over a thousand activities – organized by grade level and topic – for participating families to choose from in order to complete the Challenge.  Each activity takes anywhere from ten minutes to several hours to complete and the activities typically require basic materials that families will either have on hand, or can easily and inexpensively acquire.  No matter which activities parents choose to do, participating in the Summer Activities Challenge will help their children stay sharp and have fun throughout the summer.
For more information about Education.com’s 2009 Summer Activities Challenge, including complete contest rules, visit http://bit.ly/summer-challenge.