Students in every grade level can be found counting down to the highlight of their year, summer vacation. While we encourage students to celebrate their ability to sleep in, bask in their assignment-free schedules, and soak up some summer fun, we also want to encourage them to exercise their minds and engage in some summer learning.

This summer, we’re featuring resources and ideas for preventing summer learning loss, including suggestions for outdoor activities, educational games, and tips and tricks for the whole family. These articles about summer learning are a great way to ensure that your students retain what they learned this past school year and stay on track for the grade level they’ll be entering in the fall.

And, as in years past, the upcoming school year will likely be expensive, from purchasing school supplies and new clothes to planning meals packed with brain food. In an effort to help with these back-to-school expenses, we’re kicking off a Summer Learning Pinterest Sweepstakes, giving you the opportunity to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

Pinterest is one of our favorite resources for finding and collecting inspiration for family meals, ideas to make learning fun, and even time-management tips. Just follow these steps and enter our Summer Learning Sweepstakes by using the form below.

How to Enter:

Step 1: Follow K12 and Learning Liftoff on Pinterest

Step 2: Create a board for summer learning and pin your favorite articles from Learning Liftoff’s broad selection, including ideas for preventing summer learning loss. Your board must include at least five pins from Learning Liftoff, but you are welcome to pin more, or even pin from additional sources. Use the hashtag #summerlearning and #sweepstakes in the description for each pin.

Step 3: You must submit  your board’s URL using the form below by July 31, 2015 in order to be entered for a chance to win.

Step 4: Improve your odds by sharing with your friends! For every friend that enters from your unique link, you’ll get another entry in the sweepstakes.

All entries must be received no later than 5 PM (ET) on Friday, July 31, 2015. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for prizes.

For complete details and official rules, click here. Questions? E-mail [email protected].

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