The school week is about to get a little bit longer for some students in the Elm City.
New Haven will be starting what it is calling “Saturday Academies,” which is school on Saturday.
Roughly 500 New Haven students will be participating in school over the weekend beginning in January.
"I think its real good. I wish they would have had it when I was in school. It's going to help a lot of people,” said Timyaa Dumond of New Haven.
The school district has reportedly targeted four of its kindergarten through eighth grade elementary schools—Fair Haven, Wexler Grant, Troup, and Clemente, with the goal of registering 125 students at each school.
"These are schools operating in some of our most needy communities. Our thought is that the more enriching activities students can be engaged in, the more it’s going to help them in daily student activities,” said New Haven Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries.
The program would run 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday, and would focus on reading and math curriculum, using technology like gaming and other online experiences.
"It makes it easier because it’s something fun to do, easier to learn when you're having fun,” Dumond said.
In addition to the reading and math, there would also be emotional and social support, like listening, teamwork, and confidence building.
To help pay for the program, the district would be looking at using “Title 1” funding, which are federal dollars specifically designated for school districts with academically and economically disadvantaged students.
"Learning, reading and doing things we wish they were doing at home, but may not be, so the Saturday Academy is an opportunity to do that,” Harries said.
The Saturday Academies will run from Jan. 9 to June 4.
The superintendent said if they see success with the program, it’s likely they could expand it to other schools in the future.
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