Students are showing positive results for before and after school program learning, as their attitudes become more optimistic and their grades improve.
At first, some students didn’t want to attend more school and do more work.
11 year old Isiah Turner was one such student. He never expected Lakewood School’s new Children and Family Enrichment (CAFE) program to be actual fun.
At first, Turner thought it was a punishment.
“It turns out you can’t always judge something unless you know what it is,” he said. “It really is fun. I hate that it is almost over.”
The program is funded by a federal grant. Some children were recommended for it last fall.
“Preference is given to kids who have the most academic needs,” said Ryan McBurney, the program’s coordinating teacher.
After hearing about the interesting projects offered, other students opted to join and participation grew.