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  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: RVH adds new after-school and summer programs

  • Starting in March and June, RVH will have a free after-school program and summer program called “A Pathway To Success.”

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  • Starting in March and June, RVH will have a free after-school program and summer program called “A Pathway To Success.”
    The program will be funded on a yearly basis for a period up to five years through a 21st Century Grant of $1 million. The grant will only be used at RVH for the after-school and summer programs.
    For the after-school program, six certified teachers and eight certified paraeducators will direct activities while four certified teachers and six certified paraeducators will conduct activities during the summer program.
    With regard to the new program, first-grade teacher Leah Gottlob said, “We feel that Pathway to Success will meet each student’s individual needs whether it is tutoring or enrichment.”
    In addition, she is looking forward to teaching in the program, saying, “It will be fun to interact with students across the grade levels and provide many exciting educational opportunities.”
    Students enrolled are encouraged to attend the program every day. A minimum of 150 students must attend each day for the after-school program and 100 students each day for the summer school program in order to meet grant requirements.
    The after-school program will run March 25 to May 10 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and will consist of a snack for the students right after school followed by homework or extended learning time.
    After that, students will participate in various enrichment programs or tutoring until 5:15 p.m.
    The summer program will be held 8-11 a.m. on weekdays from June 3-28 and will consist of a variety of enrichment activities.
    Program directors are currently working out a partnership with the Girard Public Library’s summer reading program and the Girard Municipal Pool’s swimming lessons so students will not have to choose between programs.
    On Friday students will be bused to Greenbush to participate in a variety of educational activities. As a conclusion to the summer program, third- through fifth-grade students will be allowed to spend the night in the cabins at Greenbush.
    Enrollment for the summer school program will be at the end of April and beginning of May.
    Transportation after school and during the summer will be provided for students who live outside the Girard city limits to designated drop-off points.
    Regarding the program, RVH Principal Tom Stegman said, “This is a great opportunity for any child at Haderlein Elementary School and will provide assistance for any student who may be struggling academically. For those students achieving at or above the benchmark, this program will provide enrichment and challenging opportunities.”
    Right now the enrichment curriculum includes Mind Works, a hands-on interactive after-school program; CATCH, an enrichment program to increase healthy choices through nutritional choices and physical activity; Lego Education Kits, which provide hands-on interactive problem-solving; Steve Spangler Science Kits, which help children understand science concepts through hands-on learning; and STEM, which will incorporate lessons on science, technology, engineering and math through physical activity.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other possible enrichment activities will include art, archery, foreign language, cooking and sewing.
    Parents who have other ideas for enrichment curriculum may contact Mrs. Peak or Mr. Jackman at Haderlein Elementary.
    In addition to purchasing enrichment curriculum, the grant money has also been used to purchase 80 iPad minis and three Xbox Kinect systems. The money will also be used for instruction, supplies, transportation and snacks.
    Community partners for the program are the Haderlein PTO, Community Health Center of SEK, Heartland Electric, Girard Medical Center, Greenbush and the K-State Research and Extension Office.
    Other area businesses interested in partnering with the program may contact the school.

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