While summer school has always been a great opportunity for students who could use some catching up, this summer was the first time Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 offered Summer Enrichment classes for students who simply wanted to broaden their interests.
About 100 students in grades 1 through 5 took advantage of Summer Enrichment programs held at Prairiewood Elementary and Creekside Middle schools. Students participated in creative learning experiences in art, coding, Spanish or STEM projects over a condensed two-week period from the end of July to the beginning of August.
Students used mirrors to create their self-portraits with the guidance of art teacher Amy Kuhn, while students in STEM classes like Melinda Parrent’s created their own toys to be marketed with kids’ meals at restaurants. STEM students also built their own kites, which they flew on the final day of class.
“We have many eager students and parents who are interested in expanding their child’s learning. This short summer program is a great way to spark energy for some new talents that young students might like to further explore during their academic career,” said Keely Krueger, assistant superintendent for early childhood and elementary education.
“As an added benefit, this kind of learning really helps kids get excited about the upcoming school year,” she added.
District officials and educators will evaluate the success of this year’s Summer Enrichment program, and they look forward to offering additional classes for the Summer of 2019.