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Enrichment program to help kids keep up

May 22, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Parents of 200 Jefferson County students will receive invitations in the mail for their children to participate in a special summer program.

The Rise-N-Shine Summer Enrichment Camp is intended to help students in grades one through three who are not performing at their grade level in some subjects, said Gerry R. Sokol, director of pupil services for Jefferson County Schools.

The 10-week span of summer vacation causes a dropoff for students, said Sherry Hetzel, coordinator of instruction. The summer program is intended to bridge the gap for students who tested poorly, she said.

The program runs from July 7 to 31.

Hetzel said the program is a pilot project at Blue Ridge, Page Jackson and North Jefferson elementary schools. If it is successful and funding is available, it will be expanded to other Jefferson County schools.

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This summer, the program is open to 50 students from Blue Ridge Elementary, 50 from Page Jackson and 100 from North Jefferson.

The program is costing the school system $70,000.

There will be 10 students per teacher, Sokol said. The teachers will try to cater to each student's needs based on their test scores.

The program will also group students based on their needs, rather than their ages. For instance, students in all three grades who need help with language skills will be placed together instead of being separated by grade, Hetzel said.

"It's kind of a nontraditional way to run a summer school," Sokol said.

Transportation will be provided for the students, he said.

When they arrive, the students will be instructed throughout the morning, break for lunch and settle in for another 90 minutes of teaching.

The instruction will be hands-on, Hetzel said, including teaching fractions by having students follow recipes in a cooking lesson.

The schedules are still being adjusted, but the program is expected to end at about 12:30 p.m.

Sokol said the program will end early in the day so it won't interfere with other activities children participate in during the summer.

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