After school ends on May 26, most Hesperia students will be parking themselves on their sofas and playing videogames or watching TV. A mix of area educators, organizations and businesses is hoping to keep kids productive this summer, until school begins again in August.


Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hesperia Unified School District is hosting their second annual "Don't Let Your Summer Be a Bummer" event at Hesperia High School.


The event was initially thought of as a way to fill the gap left by not having summer school for lower grade levels last year, said Patty Murbach, a career center clerk at Sultana High School, and the coordinator for this year's Don't Let Your Summer Be a Bummer event.


"We're going to have Friends of the Library there, with all of their summer reading programs there," she said Thursday. "We're going to have the local movie theaters there with their summer programs. We're going to have [Phelan-based exotic animal shelter] Forever Wild there, and they're going to bring some of their reptiles."


The Hesperia Recreation and Park District will also have an archery demonstration and be presenting information about their summer programs. The Hesperia sheriff's station's Explorer Scouts will also be at the event. In all, 18 different groups and organizations will be represented, including the Boy Scouts and PAL Humane Society.


"Target, they're going to have a game table," said Murbach. "We're going to have raffles for dinners throughout the city."


The event will also coincide with the second Scholastic Books sale of the school year, with the publisher selling children's books for 50 percent off, along with lines of books costing $1, $2, $3, $5 and $10. The HUSD's Parents Coordinating Council receives 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale, with the funds going to scholarships for HUSD students.


For more information on Don't Let Your Summer Be a Bummer, call 760-947-6777, extension 4239.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star