EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is hosting a new summer program for its elementary school students that will help them get caught up on their studies, and have fun in the process.
For students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, the month of June is theirs for the taking. EVSC is offering a five-day per week summer program that includes full day and half day options.
“It’ll be more academically focused in the morning and then those afternoon programs will be academic, but it’ll be a little more hands on, a little more enriching, maybe even some field trip opportunities, and that type of thing that will really keep it interesting for students throughout the day,” EVSC Public Information Officer Jason Woebkenberg said.
There are even some similar opportunities for middle school students at select schools.
“You know it’s been a bit of a unique year, so this is a great opportunity who have maybe fallen behind in certain areas to get caught up,” Woebkenberg said.
Jeremy Evans of Dream Center Evansville says the pandemic has definitely impacted the learning experience of local students, and he’s glad that EVSC is providing more summer opportunities.
“We are seeing that kids are having success in the classroom, but struggling on tests because the teachers are being required to slow down a bit, but those standardized tests are still living up to a high standard,” Evans said.
The deadline to register is on April 21, and more than 400 students have already registered.
“We want to take advantage of this bonus time, if you will, for students over the summer,” Woebkenberg said. “We do know that this was a unique year. We know that some students may have missed occasionally if they were identified as a close contact for example, so it’s a great opportunity for them to have four additional weeks doing some really exciting activities, but academically based as well.”