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Summer programs help LI kids get caught up

Elementary school teacher Dyanne Case sits in a

Elementary school teacher Dyanne Case sits in a circle with young children at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead, N.Y. (July 5, 2012) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Thousands of children across Long Island are spending part of their summer in enrichment or remediation programs aimed at helping them retain material learned during the school year and avoid what sometimes is called the "summer slide."

Course offerings range from the elementary to high school levels, and many are free or low-cost. The Hempstead school district and the Village of Hempstead have teamed up to serve 50 academically struggling students who in September will be in grades one through three.

Sindy Viera, 7, whose family is originally from El Salvador, is eager to begin.

"I need to read more so I can learn more in school," the girl said on a recent afternoon.

The program, which began Thursday and goes until Aug. 10, runs two hours a day. It is free for families; the village picked up the $10,000 tab.

Melissa Stafford, 30 and a mother of four, hopes it will help her daughter Bryanna, 9, who has trouble with division and multiplication.

"I need her to get caught up," Stafford said.


Tuckahoe District

Almost one-third of students in the Tuckahoe district, some 115 children, from kindergarten through seventh grade, will work on their language and math skills, while another 25 will attend a summer enrichment program in math and technology.

About 60 percent of the Southampton district's students are classified as English language learners. Tuckahoe, a one-school district, started its summer program last year in response to the increase in the number of immigrants locally, principal Kevin Storch said.

"Those children need additional help and they need practice, and the best way to do that is over the summer months," Storch said.

The program, which runs three hours each day, saves instructional time at the start of the school year, he said, so teachers can move on to new material more quickly. It starts Tuesday and ends Aug. 14.


Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services runs a free, two-week-long career exploration program for students entering the eighth, ninth and 10th grades.

The organization also offers a special program for migrant students to help supplement their learning and provide more continuity to their education, which can be interrupted with frequent moves.

Its summer school program offers secondary school students the chance to take up to two courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science and foreign language. Students can take Regents and Regents Competency tests at the end of their six-week course.


Western Suffolk BOCES

Western Suffolk BOCES is providing several programs, including a marine studies enrichment course aimed at underprivileged children.

Participants must have at least a B-plus average, live in Suffolk County and qualify for free or reduced lunch. The five-day, four-night venture kicks off Aug. 6 and will allow students heading into 11th grade to visit salt marshes, study marine mammals and explore Shinnecock Bay on a research vessel. All the slots are filled.

Western Suffolk BOCES is continuing to enroll students for summer school. About 1,700 children participated in remedial or review classes last year.


Nassau BOCES

Roughly 11,000 children will participate in summer programs run by Nassau BOCES, according to Judith Hynes, the organization's principal of specialized and virtual schools. About half the participants are high-school age and come to make up work from classes they failed during the school year.

Summer programs, offered for the past two decades, are in 30 schools in 23 districts.

Summer enrollment

Some summer enrichment or remedial programs still may have openings. Students and parents who want to learn more can call their local school district or BOCES.

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