A new summer program offered by Dolton West Elementary District 148 in conjunction with Governors State University provided students with some fun and exciting learning opportunities.
“District 148 has a wonderful relationship with Governors State University and we are thrilled to have been able to bring some of our staff together with GSU educators to offer our children a program designed to help boost their English/language arts and literacy skills,” said District 148 Superintendent Jayne E. Purcell. “We are sure our students will be reaping the benefits of this experience for years to come.”
More than 45 students in kindergarten through fourth grade enrolled in the Literacy Launch Summer Program which took place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 10 through July 3 at Riverdale Elementary School in Riverdale.
Instruction was provided by 11 GSU alternative certification teachers and the program was funded by the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant from GSU. The project also included a partnership with the National Council for Teachers of English.
“This was a wonderful collaborative initiative that focused not only on improving students’ literacy skills, but also on improving the literacy instruction of our recent Alternative Certification program graduates,” said Karen Peterson, GSU professor emeritus and co-director, Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.
District 148 also provided three other academic and enrichment summer programs: Summer Learning Academy, Forensic Summer Computer Camp and Project Dream. All of the programs were a huge success and provided students with instruction and activities to help them maintain and expand their reading and math skills. It is District 148’s goal to have all of its students ready for college and careers.