Petal schools launch summer learning program

Petal schools launch summer learning program

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Summertime fun may not include schoolwork for some students, but the Petal School District is hoping a new program will make learning fun and benefit students before their return to school in the fall.

The district is launching the "Passport to Learning" summer learning program in order to prevent summer learning loss for students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. It's a voluntary program, and it will provide students who participate with a "passport" packet of grade-level specific activities in reading, writing, science and math. Each time an activity is successfully completed, the passport will be stamped by a teacher.

"Passport to Learning" encourages students to participate in programs at the local libraries, take virtual museum tours and continue working with Accelerated Reader and other programs. The district said while the goal is to continue learning during the summer months, it is also meant to be fun and will include incentives for the students' hard work.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grades will receive a paper passport, while fifth through eighth graders will enroll in a virtual Google classroom. In addition the district's libraries will be open on Wednesdays during the summer break for students to have additional support and internet access.