200+ sign up for AES summer program

Published 1:10 am Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Response to a first-ever Summer Acceleration Program at Andalusia Elementary School has been overwhelming, Brook Blair said.

The Summer Acceleration Program will give students an opportunity to participate in three sessions, one day each week. They will rotate through stations that will include time in the library so that they can access Accelerated Reader books and take AR tests; time in the Compass computer lab, which provides learn-at-your-own-pace instruction; and the third component will be a personal enrichment class.

Enrichment classes include dominoes, gymnastics, yoga, karate and dance.

Blair said when she and other central office personnel planned the program, she wasn’t sure what the response would be.

Now, she has 203 students signed up and parents calling every day trying to get their children enrolled.

On Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., kindergarten through second grades will be bused to AES, where breakfast and lunch will be provided, in addition to the session. Third through fifth graders will go to class on Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday classes are set for June 10, 17, and 24, and July 8, 15, and 22.

Thursday classes are set for June 12, 19, and 26, and July 10, 17 and 24.

Each parent who enrolled a student committed to attend at least one class for parents, but the classes are open to all parents, grandparents, or guardians of students in Andalusia City Schools. They include:

• How to help your student with the Alabama Reading Initiative. Class begins at 11:30.

• Technology parents need to help students, including checking grades online.

• New content standards for science and math.