This promising practice describes the summer programming transformation at a rural, Title I school. After eliminating barriers to education and remediation overtones, the school now provides free transportation, meals, and books for all participants and engages them in research based, enrichment focused literacy learning. The program’s first year experienced a 746% increase in registration, 34% increase in retention, and 18% increase in attendance. Similar registration and participation numbers were reported in years two - four, with reading growth demonstrated in all four summers. Both students and their parents reported increased engagement and motivation to read in the summer months. Results from the program’s modifications highlight the need for and value of equitable and enrichment-focused summer learning in rural communities.
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O'Connell, K. M.
Reaching Rural Students with Resources and Enrichment-Focused Learning in the Summer Months.
The Rural Educator, 44(2), 69-72.