For Dorchester parent Roberto Cardoso, the pressure to find a summer camp for Lianna, his 8-year-old daughter and only child, never goes away. He’s already worried about what she’ll be doing in the summer of 2018.
“Every year it’s a struggle,” he said. “It’s a lot of pressure for working parents like us to try to come up with an affordable summer plan for her.”
This summer, though, they lucked out. Lianna, an incoming fourth-grader at the Roger Clap School, is attending a free, five-week summer program at the Hale Reservation in Westwood, a place her father had always wanted to send her to but was too costly for them. This year, she is one of 2,200 Boston Public School students who were selected for the “5th Quarter of Learning,” a new component of the city’s larger summer learning project that combines academics and outdoor recreational activities.