BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish School’s summer program is in full swing ensuring each student is learning while having fun.
Over 650 students grades, Pre-K to eighth, are participating in the program.
The goal is to help students stay active and academically engaged at a time when their brains are not focused on learning.
According to Scholastic, a recent study showed children can lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break.
“They get an hour and a half of literacy where they sit down with the teacher, they get to read stories, go over it, writing components parts so it’s getting that literacy part in there and after that, they get a whole day of P.E. so they learn all different sports,” said Jefferson Terrace Academy’s P.E. Teacher Keely Arnold.
Students are able to learn more about all sports including basketball, soccer and track and field.
The students are split up by age groups and spread across the parish at participating campuses. Camp coaches say the activities also keep kids out of trouble during the summer.
“It gives them like a safe haven. It’s very important for them to see something else in the summertime, something constructive,” said Buchanan Elementary School P.E. Teacher Thomas Hutcherson
For the kids, it’s a blast and for teachers, it’s fulfilling.
“The most rewarding part is teaching them something on like a Monday and then by Thursday they’re able to do it on their own,” said Arnold.
“Being a teacher, that’s what we do. I’m a teacher. I have been a school teacher for 20 years now. That’s part of my life,” said Hutcherson.
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