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Schools will limit summer programs

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 24, 2010 1:46 PM

Economic cutbacks are still affecting summer school programs in Wayne County Public Schools -- which were canceled altogether last year except for grades K-2.

This year, there will be a program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, with high schools opting to provide remediation and intervention efforts before the school year wraps up.

The exception is Goldsboro High School, where students will be given not only academic credit recovery, but enrichment seminars and activities.

Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said funding for the GHS program came from two grants, GEAR Up and School Improvement.

"We do not have grant funds for the other high schools," she explained. "Some of the high schools will provide special enrichment and orientation sessions during the summer for clubs and student activities such as the Construction Camp at Southern Wayne High School.

"Community-based organizations are providing many opportunities for our students this summer, both in school settings and in the community. Fremont STARS Elementary School is having a science camp in June."

Dr. McCullen encouraged parents to contact individual schools for further information about what options are available.

The GHS program will begin June 14 and run through Aug. 5. Registration will be held during the final weeks of school and transportation will be provided to the program.

In addition to coursework that will help raise academic skills, test scores and grades, the program will feature summer enrichment seminars and activities to enhance students' high school experiences and prepare them for post-secondary education.

Among the seminars and activities planned are preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT; study of the book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens"; college overview and developing college applications; a Graduation Project seminar; guest speakers; college campus tours; and a career day fair.

The summer school session for K-8 students begins July 6 and runs through Aug. 5. Classes will be held each week from Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Students should arrive by 8:10 a.m. for breakfast.

Sessions will include reading, math, computer-assisted instruction, physical activity, arts and crafts and science.

Volunteers are also needed to serve in the schools where summer school is held.

Sites for the sessions, and the grades served, include Brogden Middle School, 5-8; Brogden Primary, K-4; Carver Elementary, K-4; Carver Heights Elementary, K-4; Dillard Middle, 5-8; Eastern Wayne Elementary, K-5; Fremont Elementary, K-5; Grantham, K-8; Meadow Lane Elementary, K-4; North Drive Elementary, K-4; Northeast Elementary, K-5; Rosewood Elementary, K-5; School Street Elementary; K-4; Spring Creek Elementary, K-5; and Tommy's Road Elementary, K-5.