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City program is more than summer school

No one likes to go to summer school — including, we are certain, the teachers.

But Warren City Schools are right to offer a summer education program this year in an attempt to aid students who might have fallen behind while taking classes online during the past year, and we hope the teachers jump on board enthusiastically as well.

Warren City School District announced recently its plans to offer a multiweek, in-person class curriculum available to students in June and July. The program will provide valuable educational opportunities, as well as offering fun and uplifting activities for our city’s kids.

This program will provide classes for students whether they might have struggled to complete their coursework through this pandemic year, fallen behind in their classes or simply want to participate in programs being co-sponsored by the district and a wonderful community organization.

Rather than declare school’s out for summer, we are glad to see these local educators preparing “enrichment” programs for students during June, July and August. Indeed, the effort could work wonders in terms of closing the academic gap caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro and other district administrators spoke recently about their plans for a special summer enrichment program for students.

That’s a wise move considering many students may have suffered understandable losses in learning from the current pandemic-plagued school year. The summer classes will have skills assessments to help ensure students are prepared to advance to their next grade level in August. Let this promising program be a model for other districts in Trumbull County and a productive way to use federal emergency-relief funding.

The district’s goal is to make sure students are safe and have opportunities to continue learning.

Bravo!

“We wanted to do something different and something big. It will be a very busy summer for our students. There will be a lot of great things for all grade levels,” Chiaro said, noting all students in kindergarten through 11th grade will see where their comprehension level, skills and standards level are to determine how much intervention is needed.

While focus will be on academic weaknesses and things like literacy, it doesn’t stop there. The classes also will include enrichment activities and recreational activities sponsored by Inspiring Minds in July.

Overall, it sounds like an uplifting and beneficial environment where students will be able to learn and grow. Certainly, it also will serve as a benefit for parents of younger children who work during the day.

Kudos to the district and to the community organizations who are assisting in the planning and programming.

Now, we hope parents encourage their children to take part in the program.

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