JCPS kicks off summer learning program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- When the last school bell rings for thousands of JCPS students, some of them will avoid the summer learning slump through a program called "Every 1 Learns."
For the second year, these students will be at the zoo, the library or even a church computer lab, instead of sitting at home on the sofa.
Khalid Raheem is the single parent of a 10-year old daughter. Raheem wants her upcoming summer break to be more like summer school.
"If we can feed that while they're young, you know, it'll enhance itself.," said Raheem. "What is it that they say? If you do something for 30 days, it becomes a habit."
And that's why Raheem and his daughter attended Thursday's kickoff for the "Every 1 Learns" program at First Gethsemane Baptist Church.
"So much data is coming forth on the difference between kids that are engaged 365 days year with learning versus those that take the summer off," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Instead of taking it easy this summer, quite a few JCPS students will work on math problems in computer labs across the city.
"Because you don't want students to stand still or get behind during the summer -- they need to keep advancing academically," said Dr. Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.
Hargens said she's confident students in the program are advancing, even if some of the learning takes place outside the classroom.
"It's a combination of increasing reading and math skills but also having fun and having enrichment experiences like going to the zoo, going to the science center," said Hargens.
Hargens said she also sees results heading into the second year of the program. "Lots of our students have made great progress."
Raheem said that includes his daughter: "Her grades jumped up tremendously and she is maintaining those grades."
And that's why coming back was a no-brainer.
"I stand on that point, you're going to educate, you're going to learn, you're going to a program, but it's something when they want to get it and she wants it," said Raheem.
Right now there's only a small percentage of JCPS students in this program but the goal is to grow every year.
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