Harrison Elementary School Combines Learning and Fun


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

This year Harrison Elementary was the recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

This summer, they are already putting it to work.

Harrison Elementary students are combining fun and learning this summer, thanks to a 179–thousand dollar grant.

Principal Melissa Ardito explains, "It provides funding for enrichment and academic assistance and that includes before school, after school, and during the summer and that's what we're doing right now."
Students kindergarten through fifth grade are able to take part in two weeks of enrichment free of charge.

Activities include learning about green houses, plants, and animals.
In fact, some students may even be able to bring home knowledge to their parents.

Seven year old Harmony Kennedy explains she wants to learn about "the venus flytrap because my dad grew those wrong, he didn't put enough water."

The additional programs function as a way for students to retain information they've learned during the year while participating in enrichment activities.

Ardito explains, "We've had students make significant growth and we don't want to lose that so it gives students an opportunity to practice the skills they've learned. Parents are excited because it gives students an opportunity that maybe they couldn't provide."
And parents aren't the only excited ones.

Kennedy explains, "You can have fun with your friends!"

The grant is for one year and can be renewed for up to five years.
The summer program runs through the 17th of July.

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