The next several weeks of summer will be filled with fun activities and hard work on reading skills for students attending the Mt. Pleasant summer school program.
Summer school kicked off on Monday, June 17, at Lincoln Elementary School, 501 S. Corkhill St. In total, students will be in classes for five weeks, though they will get the week of July 1 off.
Lori LaFrenz, principal at Lincoln Elementary school, said 80 kids are in this year’s program, which offers classes for students in kindergarten, first- and second grades. A staff of 10 teachers and six para-professionals work with the kids, she said.
This year, the students are working more in text than in years past, she said.
“Every year, we try to fine-tune it a little bit more,” she said.
This is an “intensive reading” summer school program, she said, so students work hard on skills to help them become stronger readers.
Some of these skills include phonics, reading frequency and speed, writing skills, and reading comprehension.
To work on reading comprehension, LaFrenz said, students hear stories read aloud, which allows them to understand the text at a higher level.
The students work in small groups on certain common skills they need to improve upon, she said. Every Wednesday, the small groups are assessed and regrouped if some students have mastered a skill and others need a bit more work on it.
An activity time, which is similar to a recess, was an aspect of last year’s summer school program that was kept for this year’s students. Summer school attendance was better last year with the activity time added into the day, LaFrenz said, and kids really enjoyed the time to have fun.
Awards are also given out every Thursday at the end of the day to students the teachers feel are working hard and putting in their best effort, she said.