Summer School For Migrant Students


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Oregon Trail Elementary is holding a special summer school program this year.

The three-week program is open to elementary age migrant students.

"We're turning our summer school into a summer themed camp. Third through fifth will base it off a book called the ‘Red Pyramid’ and pre-k through second will base it off of a book called ‘How To Make A Cherry Pie And See The USA,’ and all activities will be wrapped around those books," explains Shari Cowger, Oregon Trail Principal.

The administration at Oregon Trail has taken a new approach to this summer school program.

"It's just so different from the regular school year that I just love this, because it's, you know, regular school, we are driven by content standards and testing, and this is just so different, it's so much fun," says Julie Delia, Oregon Trail teacher.

The program this year will include physical fitness and many hands on activities based on the classes.

"Our pre-k through second, they are writing about things they have learned about cherry trees. They're making cherry pies, they're learning about the USA. They went to New York City on a field trip, and they're drawing and making Statues of Liberty. And then our third through fifth is doing the Red Pyramid.

"They're working on hieroglyphics and they are going to start drawing some things with those, and all the activities are centered around those books, so they are busy from start to finish every day," Cowger explains.

The teachers have more freedom during the summer to make the subjects more interesting and interactive.

"In this setting we can talk about it, we can discuss it, we can do some things about Egypt and all those places. It makes it much more interesting and fun,” Delia says.

"If you walk down the halls, you can hear the students buzzing and working and they're excited and trying new things," Cowger adds.

Excited for the beginning of a new school session.

The summer session will wrap up June 27th.

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