Kids & Family

See What Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis Is Up To That Will Help Kids This Summer

"The Bus" wants to make sure young people will spend their time learning, despite coronavirus restrictions.

It goes without saying that the end of the school year during the coronavirus pandemic has been hit or miss for many students. Schools were closed and students were forced to study from home. Now that the school year is over, what happens over the summer when so-called "brain drain" will be magnified?

Bettis and his foundation want middle school age students stay engaged in learning over the summer.Bus Stops Here Foundation

Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis was thinking about these issues when he and the folks at his "Bus Stops Here" Foundation came up with a plan. The result is "Check Inn," a free program, designed to virtually connect middle school students to activities that will be sure to make learning exciting, even during summer vacation.

Seriously, what middle schooler wouldn't want to find out more about "Video Game Development" which is the topic of the first session, Monday June 8.

Kids will be able to raise a virtual "hands up" during these sessions.Bus Stops Here Foundation

The 6-week series happens every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm-4:45 pm beginning on June 8 and ending on July 15 . It's free and open to all youth ages 10-14, but you need to register (click here).

Kids will "check inn" virtually to participate in on-line activities focusing on subjects like web development, app development, video and film production, math, and entrepreneurship. A workshop facilitator will lead the learning, and a live DJ, prizes, certificates and attendance badges will highlight the sessions.

"During this unfortunate pandemic, I wanted to give students the opportunity to continue learning and expanding their depth of knowledge," Bettis said. "I believe it is important that all children are given experiences to help them go beyond the classroom to create, build and explore."
How can you start something good?

Click here to find out more about the "Check Inn" program and to register (it's free BTW). Sessions are laptop, tablet and mobile device friendly.

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