Summer programming begins for thousands of students across Philadelphia – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This week, summer programming began for thousands of students across the city of Philadelphia.

Inside Solomon Solis-Cohen Elementary School in North Philadelphia, these fifth graders are dividing fractions and honing their math skills, preparing for sixth grade.

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At first, that wasn’t how 10-year-old Yasmeen Burgin wanted to spend her summer.

“Because I just thought it would be boring, but now it’s kind of fun,” Yasmeen said.

Now, after just four days, Yasmeen is eager to learn and is one of approximately 14,000 Philadelphia school district students participating in the summer program.

“I’m learning division, I’m learning millions and billions, and I’m learning to add,” Duvessa Teti said.

In the morning, students at all levels focus heavily on academics, and in the afternoon, they are more focused on activities and building a social-emotional connection.

The district says it cannot compare the number of students enrolled this summer to previous years because this program only started in 2021.

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“K-7 was new last year and this year,” said Dr. Malika Brooks, the school district’s academic support officer. “Before that, we only had summer bridge and credit recovery and EFY programming for students.”

The district’s academic support manager said that since the pandemic summer programming was expanded, with a focus on filling learning gaps and better preparing students for the upcoming school year so they don’t take not late.

“We encourage them to keep coming to the summer lineup every day,” Brooks said.

Yasmeen says she is enjoying time with her friends and is already looking forward to fall.

“When I go to sixth grade, I will learn more and know all the questions,” Yasmeen said.

The summer program will last five weeks until the end of July.

The school calendar has been approved and the first day of class is set for August 29.

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Reporting by CBS3’s Ryan Hughes.

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