Summer 2021: Keep learning, keep growing!

Check out this roundup of local opportunities this summer from Marion Community Schools and our community partners!

The following summer 2021 programs are open to Marion Community Schools students at no cost unless otherwise stated.

We will add information as details are finalized for more offerings!

(NOTE: At Marion Community Schools buildings/activities COVID guidelines, including masks and social distancing, remain in place until further notice. Click here for the most recent guidelines.) 

Summer meals

  • The Summer Food Program at Marion Community Schools ended June, but here are other food assistance options:

    • Summer P-EBT funds available to all students enrolled at Marion Community Schools in grades K-12 at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Click here for details.

    • Second Harvest Food Bank Monthly Tailgate Giveaways are ongoing. Details for each month are available on their Facebook page.

Academics / Summer Reading & more

Marion Community Schools

  • MCS summer session classes ended in June. Have you reviewed your enrollment information for the 2021-22 school year? If no, click here to do so ASAP!

Marion Public Library

(located at 600 S. Washington St. - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Summer Reading Program: June 1 through July 10; fun prizes to be awarded! Download the Reader Zone app, create your account or log into an existing account, enter the MPL code 06699, join your reading group, and start logging your reading! Paper logs available at MPL upon request. Reading logs must be turned in by July 17 to be eligible for prizes. (Click here for prize details.)
  • Storytime: 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, outdoors at MPL
  • Summer STEAM: Capacity is limited! 10:30 a.m. on June 8 and July 13, 1:30 p.m. June 26 and July 24, outdoors at MPL; call the library to register, 765-668-2900.

The Training Center

(located at 2011 W. 10th St. - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Summer Blast: June 7 through July 15, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; breakfast and lunch included; project based learning, STEM, research, cooking, crafts, and more! Open to students in grades kindergarten through six; limited spots available. Call 765-573-4599 or email with questions or to request enrollment paperwork.

Family Resource Center

(located at 1240 S. Adams St. - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Nutrition lessons for kids grades 1-5 & their families: 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 15 through July 27, led by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Program. Topics include "Go" Activities, Healthy Snacks, Beverages, Go-Slow-Whoa Foods, Breakfast, and Screen Time. Call the Family Resource Center, 765-660-2128, by June 14 to sign up.
  • NOTE: The Family Resource Center has many informational sessions and services for parents/guardians and families. For current information, click here to visit their website.

Indiana Department of Education

Arts / Music

Marion High School

Marion Community School of the Arts

  • Offerings include dance, art, stage, film, and more; for various ages and various fees; open to anyone (not exclusively MCS students). Click here for details.

Marion Public Library

(located at 600 S. Washington St. - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Music with Mr. Daniel: 10:30 a.m. July 7 at Matter Park Bandshell

City of Marion

  • Art in the Park featuring Marion Community Schools' own Mrs. Hannah Fox, art teacher at Riverview and Allen elementaries: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in July at the Meadow at Matter Park (next to the Gardens); also includes story time at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Athletics / Recreation / Fun

Marion High School

The following MHS activities are open to all incoming 9th- through 12th-graders at MHS unless otherwise noted.

  • JROTC:
    • For incoming freshmen, current Cadets and anyone considering becoming a Cadet: Drill, Color Guard & Exhibition Camp, 9 a.m. to noon July 27 through 29 at Marion High School
    • Raider Team Practice, 12:30 to 2 p.m. July 26 through Aug. 1.
    • Various additional opportunities throughout the summer for Cadets. Click here for information
  • Boys and girls tennis: June 1 through July 29, open practices will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the Matter Park tennis courts; no practice June 28 - July 4 (IHSAA moratorium week).
  • Girls soccer: Open workouts are at the Frances Slocum field from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 24. (NOTE: May be moved to MHS field when it is available.) No practice June 28-July 4 (IHSAA moratorium week).​​​​​ Starting July 5, drills/conditioning will be from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Team camp planned Aug. 7. Contact Coach Ben Hawk with questions,
  • Boys soccer: Open workouts June 1 through 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Thursdays at Frances Slocum field and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at MHS field. No practice June 28-July 4 (IHSAA moratorium week).​​​​​ Contact coach Jorge Berry with questions,   
  • Cheerleading: Summer practices and activities open to team members only; email Coach Taja Bell with questions,
  • Girls basketball: Open gym for grades 5 through 12 every Tuesday and Thursday June 1 through 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Justice Intermediate School gym; email Coach Jerry Freshwater with questions,
  • Boys basketball: June 1 through June 24, skills development Monday through Friday at Marion High School gym; open to current team members and any new athletes seriously committed to trying out for the teams. Incoming 9th- through 12th-graders, 10 a.m. to noon. Incoming 7th- and 8th-graders, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Boys and girls golf: Open workouts, Tuesday and Thursday June 1 through 24, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Elks Country Club.
  • Football: Conditioning workouts at Marion High School (weight room and outside activities) 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday May 31 through July 29; no practice June 28-July 2 (IHSAA moratorium week).​​​​​ Summer workouts are considered as continuously active tryouts for evaluation purposes. Team camp planned June 24. Contact Coach James Bell with questions,
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country: Open conditioning at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 18 at Matter Park through June 24. No practice June 28-July 4 (IHSAA moratorium week).​​​​​ Starting July 5, conditioning at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Contact Coach Matt Lakes with questions,
  • Volleyball: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 2 through Aug. 2 at Marion High School gym. No practice June 28-July 4 (IHSAA moratorium week). Open to incoming 7th- through 12th-graders. Contact Coach Dara Richards with questions,
  • Wrestling: Offseason workouts for students of ALL ages (PK-12). Workouts will focus on drilling and technique. Meet in wresting room at Marion High School. May schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, PK-4 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 5-12 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

Grant County Family YMCA

(located at 123 Sutter Way - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Challenger Sports International Soccer Camp: ages 2 to 16; open to anyone (not exclusively MCS students); fees apply. Click here for details.
  • Summer Day CampOpen to anyone (not exclusively MCS students); fees apply. Camp runs from June 1 through Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with childcare available starting at 6:30 a.m. and through 6 p.m. for additional fees). Open to 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who have completed a year of public preschool in Grant County or kindergarten, along with all kids 6 to 12 years old. Registration deadline is May 27, but space is limited, so contact the YMCA as soon as possible to sign up. Call 765-664-0544 or email Youth Development Director Stephanie Herschberger at
  • Flag football, basketball, baseball, soccer, art, and science classes are also offered; fees apply. Click here for the registration page, which has details on each class. 
  • Join Jack Raabe, Doug Piper, Robbie Riddle, Mark Hyman and Bruce Bender for fun on the golf course July 19 through 21 at Arbor Trace Golf Course! Session 1: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for ages 5 to 10. Session 2: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for age 11 through high school. Click here to sign up.

Boys & Girls Club of Grant County

(located at 3402 S. Meridian St. - open to anyone, not exclusively MCS students)

  • Serves kids ages 6 to 13 years old; programming 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 on Friday; includes lunch and snack, help with academics, and activities including STEM, sports, outdoor time, and more. Stop by the Club, 3402 S. Meridian St., Marion, during open hours to pick up an application; fees apply.