Letter: Challenge of Summer Vacations
To the Editor:
Am I the only one who sees the connection between the July 30 op-ed “Not All Summer Vacations Are Created Equal” and your July 31 article “Vt. Economic Health in Question”?
Single parents in urban areas are not the only ones challenged by summer vacations. Families with two working parents who actually need to arrive by 8 or 9 and work until 5 are puzzled and frustrated by the many local camps with hours from 9 to 12, 1 to 4, 9 to 3 — all of which essentially exclude their children, even if they were affordable. The result is that the children who might benefit most from some of these opportunities — those whose parents don’t have the freedom to take them to classes after school, for example — are once again shut out. Grandparents can sometimes fill in for some of this, but surely there are better ways. How about if recreation departments that use town and school buildings for summer programs be required to provide services from 7:30 to 5:30? Wouldn’t that be fair?