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Kiwanis Club and local school district will once again hold annual summer school program

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The local Kiwanis Club and school district will offer summer school from July 7 to Aug. 20 at Crooked River Elementary.

The Crook County School District and the Prineville Kiwanis Club will provide a seventh season of Kiwanis Summer School to local students this summer.

The Prineville Kiwanis Summer School opened in 2014 to serve students who just completed kindergarten through third grade and were under performing in reading and math. Teachers will recommend students who they believe could benefit from the summer educational opportunity.

Program director Wayne Looney pointed out that although preference will be given to students who are struggling academically, the program will also be open to students whose families would like their students to engage in summer learning.

Summer School will be held at Crooked River Elementary Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from July 7 to Aug. 20. Crooked River Elementary teacher Natalie Godat will be the lead teacher.

Plans call for four classes, one for each grade level, and each class will have one CCSD teacher and one certified instructional assistant. As many as 80 local elementary students may participate in the summer school.

The school district will provide transportation, breakfast and lunch services to summer school students.

The $50 fee will be refunded to families if their student has a 90% attendance rate.

Kiwanis Summer School has served nearly 400 students for the last six summers with what Looney calls outstanding results.

"Prineville Kiwanis is proud to once again collaborate with Crook County School District and the Prineville community to provide this valuable service for our community's children," Looney said.

Crook County School District Curriculum Director Stacy Smith said Kiwanis has been a great partner for Crook County School District for many years now, providing an opportunity to get elementary students supplemental instruction over the summer. By sharing costs, Kiwanis has allowed more students to receive this additional support.

Last October, Smith reported encouraging results from the 2019 program, which saw 43 students complete the program. At the start of that summer session, teachers conducted pre-tests for reading and math. Based on the results of those tests, teachers were able to group the students into small groups that would meet their needs.

All educators agreed that summer school was beneficial.

"After viewing the results from our Kiwanis Summer School classrooms, it is apparent that the vast majority of students improved over the summer in both reading and math," Smith said at the conclusion of the 2019 session. "Since students normally regress over the summer holiday, these students are ahead of the game."

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