The importance of school enrichment

Published 11:12pm Friday, May 27, 2011

The school year has ended; but, that does not mean students should stop learning.  It is important that students retain the knowledge they obtained throughout the academic year.  A summer enrichment program decreases the impact of summer learning loss.

A study conducted by Partnership for Children and Youth indicates children who lack access to meaningful summer opportunities summertime can be lonely and boring.  This also puts them at increased risk of weight gain.  Children who do not take advantage of summer learning programs are less likely to be physically active and more likely to spend their days watching TV, playing computer games, and eating junk food.

Childhood obesity is a state and national epidemic.  Unfortunately, Alabama is ranked as one of the fattest states in the nation.

Several research findings reveal summer learning loss contributes to a widening of the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students.  Some educators believe the lack of summer learning opportunities also contributes to increased student drop-out rates.  Many communities and school districts throughout the country cannot afford to offer summer enrichment programs to pupils.

Fortunately, the Selma City School System will offer a tuition free Summer 2011 Enrichment Program at the School of Discovery Genesis Center.  The program is available for students who are currently enrolled in the school system, and will be attending the sixth grade during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The summer session will be held Monday through Thursday, beginning on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, and ending on Thursday, July 14, 2011.  Summer school hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with lunch served free.

This high quality enrichment program allows students to attend forty-minute classes in mathematics, science, reading, social studies, and English.  Students are also exposed to weekly off-campus cultural activities and visits to the local library. One of the beliefs of the faculty and staff at the School of Discovery Genesis Center is all students can learn, achieve, and succeed, when they are actively engaged in the learning process.  Moreover, education is a continuous learning process.

The article was written by, Gerald Shirley, principal, School of Discovery, located in Selma, Alabama.

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