Darrius Jenkins wasnt happy about attending summer classes.  But after one day, he changed his mind.

“We get to learn math and ELA,” fifth-grader Darrius Jenkins said. “It’s very fun.”

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His teacher at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, Melinda Reed, explained the change in attitude.

“I try to make learning fun,” she said. Students in the summer enrichment program spent half a day in class and the other half attending Camp Trojan where they played games focusing on math and English language arts using a hands-on approach, she said.

The summer program served students in second through sixth grades, both those who needed extra help and those who are working at an accelerated pace, Guidance Counselor Rodonna Tiller said.

The ELA classes focus on phonics and sounds, in addition to the regular reading program.

“We started it near the end of the summer,” Tiller said. “We hope that will make it fresh for the kids this fall.”

Darrius reported that he and his classmates created a board game.

“We study math words – like operations, digits, billion,” he said. “A billion is a number that equals 1,000 million. A digit is a single number.”

Azariah Hart, who’s also going into the fifth grade this fall, said she liked doing the ELA classes.

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“We’re learning phonograms,” she said. “You learn to say the sounds of the words. We get to play games, but we’re learning too.”

The summer enrichment program was designed to keep students from losing ground on their reading and math skills during the break and give them a heads up for next year, Principal Francina Gerald said.

HKT got funding from the state for the summer program because it’s a priority school, she said. Priority schools are those that have consistently failed to meet expected progress as required by the Education Accountability Act.

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