For years now, university studies from schools including John Hopkins and the University of Missouri have documented a measureable learning loss in student achievement over summer vacation months.
Summer enrichment programs are a great way to help protect students from learning loss. Effective summer enrichment programs have been shown to lead to higher achievement and attendance, as well as increased motivation for students during the following school year.
This summer Community Unit School District 200 and the have partnered to create a special Summer Enrichment Program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The program presents a unique assortment of camps and classes to help students cultivate new skills and strengthen old ones in a fun, nurturing environment.
The subjects being offered include:
- Science courses, such as: Hands-on-physics, Explosive Experiments or Roller Coaster Design
- Computer skills courses, such as: Microsoft Office Suite or Social Media for the Family
- Applied Math courses, including: Cooking, Sewing or Model Home Building
- Arts & Literature courses, such as: Creative Arts Camp or a Brown Bag Reading Club
Jen Bruggeman, a Wheaton Park District Education Supervisor, describes the new summer enrichment program as a perfect blend of summer camp and summer school.
“The kids will be engaged with peers, while being challenged by trained teachers who really understand their needs," Bruggeman said in a statement.
All classes will be held at , 1855 Manchester Road, which is central to the district and within biking distance for many.
Beginning June 18 and ending mid-July, classes run Monday thru Thursday and vary between one and two weeks in length. Hours for each class differ. The cost for summer enrichment classes starts at $10.
The Brown Bag Reading Club can be added to any student’s schedule for the opportunity to enjoy lunch with peers. A librarian will be on hand to assist participants with finding books, as well as providing comprehension activities and general assistance.
For detailed information on Summer Enrichment Program classes and to register, visit www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/enrichment. Or call 630-510-5131. Monroe Middle School is located at 1855 Manchester Road in Wheaton.
Information courtesy of the Wheaton Park District.