Richmond County Schools will once again offer several programs this summer for students, in an effort to keep young minds growing, even during the months when children are out of school.
RCS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Michael Perry explained that hard copies of the 2012 Summer Programs Guide will be available from each school’s front office, and at the RCS Central Office. They will also be available for parents to download online from the RCS Web site, www.richmond.k12.nc.us.
“We have several new opportunities for students, along with some favorites,” Perry said. “We’re very excited that for the first time this year, every single course incorporates a book that students will be reading as part of the experience.”
The Summer Programs guide contains all of the information families need to plan a summer full of fun learning opportunities for their children. It features a listing of the Summer Enrichment Programs by grade level with all dates and times, so that they can plan around other summer events.
It also details the information about the RCS Summer Feeding Program, offering a lunchtime meal free of charge to RCS students and other children ages 18 and younger. The summer feeding program will operate at two schools — Monroe Avenue Elementary and Ellerbe Middle.
“For a lot of students, school lunch is the most nutritious meal of their day,” said Lois Hood, child nutrition director. “This program is designed to provide healthy meals to students during the summer. It is open to any child within the age range. We hope all children and their parents will take advantage of this opportunity.”
Parents and other adults can join their children at lunch time for a small fee. The lunches will be served during the summer, beginning the week of June 11 through the week of Aug. 3, starting at 11 a.m. daily.
Mineral Springs Elementary and Ellerbe Middle school counselor Meghann Barberousse is excited about teaching four summer enrichment courses this year. Barberousse is a veteran instructor in the summer program and since she works with both elementary and middle school students, several of her classes will be open to students in grades 4-8.
“I have broadened the age range of my courses from 4th to 8th grade. I am very excited, as I have seen this age group work well together,” Barberousse said. “This year, I am especially excited as we were given the funds to purchase a take-home resource/book for each student in our programs.”
The Summer Enrichment Programs require a $10 fee per session. Payment for the programs is due with registration. The registration form is included as part of the Summer Enrichment Catalog, and registrations are due to Dorothy Little at the Richmond County Schools Central Office by Thursday April 20, 2012.
The Summer Feeding Program does not require a registration. Questions about the summer programs can be directed to the Richmond County Schools Central Office by calling 582-5860.