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“Saturday Academies” in New Haven school winds downs

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Students in the New Haven school district say the program that added a sixth day to the school week was a success.

"I get an extra day of practicing and learning more facts because I really want to be a scientist when I grow up," said Fair Haven 5th grader, Damian Gertenbach.

In January, New Haven school officials announced a Saturday morning class semester for nearly 500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The extra day was implemented at Roberto Clemente Leader Academy, Fair Haven Middle School, Troup School, and Wexler/Grant Community School. Students spent a few extra hours in math and reading, as well as team building and learning technology.

"I'd be interested in the teachers who teach during the week whether or not they've seen a difference in their classes,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.  

“I believe that the teachers have, and if that's the case, then we really need to find the resources to expand it to every school,” said Harp.

Superintendent Garth Harries said he is grateful to the students for their enthusiasm and attendance, as well as to the teachers for their devotion.

“I think it reflects the commitment of our teachers and principals in this city,” said Harries. “They are willing to go that extra day when they could be home with their families."

The only downside?

“The hardest thing about Saturday school is probably waking up."

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