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Summer program targets students who need more help

Additional help in literacy for kids finishing first, second and third grades in School District 833 is on the way.

Above and Beyond will be available this summer.

The program, in its third year, is managed by Community Education, which contributes $78,000. Another $47,000 comes from the Minnesota Department of Education, targeting services for kids who need additional help.

The only charge for the program is a non-refundable $25 registration fee, but financial assistance is available. Bus transportation will be provided.

The program will run from June 12 to June 28, and will again be managed by Laura Loshek. She ran the program with federal money under Jump Start for three years and has managed the district's program since then.

The goal of the program is to offer help to students who might lose ground in literacy during the summer months.

Testing experience has shown that students achieving at or above grade level are more likely to retain what they have learned into the following school year than students below grade level.

In past years, 80 percent of students who attended Above and Beyond maintained or increased their reading scores when tested in the following fall. Students who qualified for the program, but did not attend, were at 66 percent.

Each elementary school is allotted 25 slots for students and letters are being sent to parents.

Classes this summer will be held at Crestview and Red Rock elementary schools from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with 90 minutes of literacy class time.

Another 90 minutes of enrichment classes at Crestview include CSI for kids, Meant to Invent II, Down and Dirty Art, Lifetime Fun and Fitness, Disasters! and Number Detectives.

Red Rock classes include African Safari, the Olympic Challenge, Math at the Improv, Actor's Corner, Batiking and Adventures in Volcanoes.

Workbooks will be given to students to complete in July and August, and they will have a literacy emphasis.

"Workbooks can be done in the car or on vacation," Loshek said.

Parents can mail the workbooks to community education for grading.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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