Program keeps students sharp

WARREN – Aiming to retain what was learned this past school year, area students entering third to eighth grades spent the past six weeks using computer programs designed to focus on math and reading skills.

The program was offered by Inspiring Minds for Warren city school students focusing on continuing education (S.T.E.M., English and ALEKS Math workshops)

Renda White, program coordinator, said participants met at different schools sites Lincoln, Jefferson, McGuffey and Willard to take part in the computer programs and other learning.

“The goal of the program is that during the summer, a lot of kids are at home by themselves when parents are working so this provides them a place to be and keeps educational knowledge in their minds after having been off from school,” White said.

She said often when students are on vacation for three months they tend to lose some of what they have learned.

“We hope to help keep it fresh in their minds and to be ready for school,” she said with a main focus on math using the ALEKS computer based program.

Brenden Freeman, sixth grade, said the ALEKS program is very challenging and helpful.

Freeman said he hopes that being part of the program will help him retain and gain back knowledge from the past school year.

Keelyn Franklin, K-8 program coordinator, said one of the main focuses of the camp is math with the computers which shows kids where they are strong and where improvements are needed.

“It shows what they are doing well at, and where the need to work and focus on,” he said.

Johanna Freedrich of Nordson Corp., a program sponsor, said students taking part last year with the ALEKS program showed a 20 to 40 percent improvement in math in school this past year.

The ALEKS program helps improve math proficiency and is a personalized online math program to prevent summer loss of math and other subjects.

Franklin said students taking part in the program have seen an increase in math proficiency in school.

“We want to help them retain what they have been learning,” he said.

In addition to math, there is also focus on English with journal writing and research.