ST. PAUL, Minn. - The end of the school year and the onset of summer vacation doesn't mean learning has to stop.

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva on Monday announced a new summer-program texting service for parents looking to find activities for their kids while school is out.

"Summertime is a crucial period in our kids' lives, and keeping their minds active to prevent summer learning loss is essential," said Coleman. "These text alerts offer an easy new tool for parents to keep up with the many great activities that are available to engage kids during the summer months."

The opt-in text service includes tips on how to keep kids active and learning throughout the summer, while also providing parents with ideas for how to 'do the Summer Countdown,' a key part of the citywide summer learning campaign. The new text service is another tool, in addition to Sprockets' Program Finder, for parents to keep up with out-of-school programs.

"Parents, caregivers, and families are important influences in a child's life and play a vital role at all stages of education," said Supt. Valeria Silva. "This tool can help support parents in the summer as they look for things to do with their children."

There are two ways parents can sign up using their mobile phone:

  1. To subscribe for text alerts, text STPAUL SUMMER to 468311
  2. To subscribe for email updates through text, text STPAUL SUMMER YourEmailHere to 468311

The City and school district will be promoting the texting service through a variety of channels this summer, including information and sign-up support at libraries and recreation centers, as well as through a series of recorded phone messages to families within the school district.

The summer program text reminders will run from early June to late August. Standard messaging and data rates may apply. Parents should refer to their wireless plan for details.