Summer is a time when students get a three-month break to have a lot of fun and re-energize for the next school year.

The same holds true for teachers, unless they are involved in continuing education or teaching summer school. For administrators, most work year ’round. And school boards don’t take any time off.

Although school isn’t in session, there’s plenty going on. Let’s start with Menominee Area Public Schools (MAPS), which received some great news at last month’s board meeting.

Superintendent John Mans informed the board that the district’s fund balance is approaching $800,000. It’s doubled in the last two years and it’s expected to grow, he said.

Many school districts have fiscal troubles and MAPS have had its share. The district is in good hands with Mans at the helm and he’s providing excellent leadership.

Mans praised teachers and staff members throughout the district for helping to trim the deficit by focusing on what they really needed.

“It’s something that a lot of people said couldn’t be done,” Mans said. “We did it because of teamwork because people were willing to look at the books.”

Mans also stated that teachers and staff members will be rewarded when contract talks begin in October. That’s encouraging news for educators, who we believe are among the most underpaid professionals.

The Marinette School District also is running smoothly, from Superintendent Wendy Dzurick on down. Let’s focus on one area that the district is stepping above and beyond.

The district’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that students 18 years old and younger continue to get the nutritious meals they need when school is not in session.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

Students who receive free or reduced-priced meals during the school year are eligible for the SFSP. Amy Mailand, director of dining services for the district, explained that students older than 18 are eligible as well if they are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or non-profit school program during the regular school year.

Hunger is a serious issue that doesn’t always get proper attention. We commend the Marinette School District for making sure students in need get nutritious meals when school is not in session.

“It helps children return to school ready to learn,” Mailand pointed out.

Turning to Peshtigo, that district put a new twist on its regular two-week summer school session by offering a course called “Bulldog Pride.”

Students in this class do community service and volunteer work. For example, they baked cookies for police officers and firefighters and they prepared meals for the Haven of Hope Homeless Shelter.

Becky Gensler, the district’s summer school coordinator, said the class focused on service projects and “random acts of kindness.”

The idea for the class came from teacher Lisa Grenier. Gensler said it was a huge success with so many students enrolled she had to find another teacher to oversee an additional class.

It’s awesome to see children learning respect and other important qualities at a young age.

“I do believe it gives them a sense of pride in self and community,” Gensler told the EagleHerald.

School may not be in session, but there’s plenty of great things happening in local districts.