WEIR — Children from Southeast Elementary School will have an opportunity to learn while still enjoying their break, thanks to the USD 247 summer program.

The “Survivor-themed” summer program is funded through a grant from Kansas Reading Roadmap. KRR provides reading-focused after school programs for elementary students during the school year.

At Southeast math and science are integrated during the summer, allowing students to learn multiple subjects through games and challenges.

“It’s not standard classwork,” KKR Coordinator Jamie Ball said. “It’s a fun way to learn.”

Southeast is currently in their third year with the grant, which aims to build proficiency at a third grade reading level.

“Stats show that third grade reading is a large factor for success in future education,” Ball said.

If students have strong attendance through the week, they get to take part in “Fun Fridays.” For the first one, students ran through an obstacle course of survivor challenges. Future fun days will include a trip to the Fantastic Caverns, in Springfield, Missouri.

Students from kindergarten to third grade take part in the program through KRR, and the Southeast school district provides a program for fourth and fifth graders. Southeast Elementary serves students K-4, so the fourth grade also takes part in “Fun Fridays” after learning through the week.

“We’re learning about the history of Australia,” fourth grader Kinzey Cassidy said. “It’s really fun and we are making posters about it.

“It’s really, really fun.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.