Thursday, May 23, 2013
Two project proposals submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education, by Dorchester School District Two, were awarded funding for summer academic programs: “Our Nest” Summer 2013 at Eagle Nest Elementary School and “SPANNTASTIC Summer 2013” at Spann Elementary School.
The programs will run June 10 - June 27 and will operate Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The grant will fund transportation for students to attend.
The SCDOE announced last week that 22 programs in 15 South Carolina school districts will receive approximately $720,000 for summer academic and career development projects to combat “summer reading loss.” The awards will assist approximately 1,800 students with proven academic deficiencies, particularly in reading and math.
The “Our Nest” Summer 2013 project at Eagle Nest Elementary received $24,613 in funding and will serve 45 students from Eagle Nest Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, and Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary.
“SPANNTASTIC Summer 2013 received $31,642 for the summer program located at Spann Elementary School. Sixty students from Spann Elementary, Flowertown Elementary, Knightsville Elementary, and Summerville Elementary will participate in the project.
Both programs will focus on strengthening skills in math and English language arts, expanding student knowledge of college/career opportunities, and engaging students in leisure reading to lay the foundation for academic success. Activities will also include guidance for potentially first-generation college students.
To be eligible to receive the awards, districts were required to certify that they do not have state or federal funds available to offer summer programs to eligible students who attend the proposed schools. Without these funds, which were made available through the Education and Economic Development Act, selected students would not receive free summer assistance. Each program will last three to four weeks. Certified teachers will lead the summer programs, which will have a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio or less.