Summer is a time for fun, as well as a time for learning for Neligh-Oakdale elementary students.
This is the final week of the first session of summer school at West Ward, where nearly 40 students were enrolled in the two-week program this June. Principal Mary Schrader said a second session is planned for the end of July, pending parent commitment. Schrader said students are taking home notes Tuesday.
"This program has been very successful and the kids seem to be enjoying it," Schrader said.
Students spend 90 minutes in the morning working on reading and then an hour on math. The goal of the program isn’t to teach students new material, she said, but for retention over the summer months.
“We want to keep them reading,” Schrader said. "This way students are ready to go in the fall and teachers have to do less review."
Schrader said she would like to thank the parents for their commitment, and she is surprised and pleased with the attendance. The school hasn’t had much consistency for summer school in the past, she said.