Summer learning for migrant students has become an imp0rtant piece of summer school, as students need to catch up in order to be ready to learn in the fall.
One such student says he is the son of hardworking farmers, but their mobile life makes things difficult in school for him and his siblings. Marco Villegas is a rising sophomore at Kenowa Hills High School in Michigan. He is among 287 students enrolled in an annual six week summer session for migrant students hosted by Kent City Community Schools
Teachers in West Michigan are drilling on moath and English concepts for a full school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. THey are helping students from preschool to 12th grade make up for the disruption caused by having to leave during the school year so that their families can follow the crops for work.
“My family travels back and forth between Florida and Michigan, and this program has really helped me keep up with my learning” said Villegas, who added his family will leave for Florida in November. “This is a great opportunity for all the students here.”
Villegas, who has two younger sisters in program in first and sixth grade, said he has attended the program for three years and can see the progress, for example, in his reading ability. But on Monday, Aug. 4, he and his classmates were solving algebra problems and explaining the steps.
“From year to year, you can absolutely see the growth in students and even from the time we start the program to the end,” said Jordan Stuhan, a program instructor for three years, who teaches math and physics at Kent City.
Stuhan said every student takes a pretest at the start of the program and a test once it concludes to measure progress.