The Astoria School District's Connections program offers activities for kids that promote learning skills and provide summer fun for children during summer vacation.

An open house starts the federal-grant-funded program from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Capt. Robert Gray Elementary School for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and at Astoria Middle School's beach house for sixth- through eighth-graders.

The regular program runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 1 through Aug. 9 at Gray Elementary and AMS. Younger grade schoolers can participate in reading and basic skill practice, while older students can take part in math and computer classes, reading and library sessions, and many other courses. The middle school program focuses on individual and small group support and enrichment. A program at Astoria High School allows students to recover credits they may be lacking.

Students can also take part in swimming outings and other field trips. Bus transportation is provided in the mornings and afternoons; however, there will be no transportation for Monday's open house.

Gray Elementary also offers breakfast from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. daily. The meals are free and open to the community.

There is no cost for the Connections program, meals or transportation. For information or to register, call Josie Peper at Connections, 325-6443.

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