School districts in high poverty areas are finding that having an extended school day expands the horizons for low-income students.
Recently, students at Sanders Clyde Creative Arts School learned how to work a shaved ice machine as part of starting their mini business. Down the hall, students joyfully pounded a beat on African drums. Outside, students gathered round a small skiff, planning how to finish building the boat.
In a class for four year olds, children played a game correlating sounds made by letters of the alphabet with the sign language hand symbol.
These are just some of the opportunities students in Charleston’s high poverty areas are getting with an extended day program. The extended day at Sanders Clyde is run by the school district, in partnership with the nonprofit Charleston Promise Neighborhood. The school day has been extended by 2 1/2 hours a day.