ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – “We picked it up again,” said Travis Woulfe, executive director of Rockford Public School Improvement Innovation.
Enrollment in summer courses at Rockford Public Schools gained popularity after quarantine with up to 5,000 students ready to take advantage of free Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs and summer retreats.
“The programs aim to help students if they need to catch up, and some are just enrichments,” Woulfe said. “We run experiential learning activities that help students relate what they learn in class to real-world experiences. “
School administrators say some students have loved school from their living room during COVID-19 while others have missed daily classroom interactions and are eager to attend their first in-person classes since the start of the pandemic.
“We got a lot of calls,” Woulfe said. “We have a great team in my department answering parents’ questions and trying to explain various options to them. “
In Boone County, Cari Moreno is thrilled that her 6-year-old son Jackson is joining his friends and practicing more skills at District 100 Summer School.
“The most important thing is to find him in person and surround him with children, and our biggest goal is to read because it was difficult to learn to read online,” said Moreno.
Moreno says Jackson will focus on reading in the first session and then move on to the science session, which Jackson is eager to join.
“He asks Alexa every morning what the weather is going to be like, so I thought it would be a good thing to put him in,” Moreno said.
Jackson has his own pretty ambitious goals.
“When I grow up I want to be a paleontologist,” Jackson said.
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