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McMinn County Schools staff plan for summer learning programs

Summer is almost here and 900 McMinn County Schools students will be back in the classroom, not because they have to, but because they want to.
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 6:42 PM EDT
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ATHENS, Tenn. (WVLT) - Summer is almost here and 900 McMinn County Schools students will be back in the classroom, not because they have to, but because they want to. Rising first through eighth graders had the opportunity to sign up for the summer learning programs.

Earlier this year Governor Bill Lee held a special session with legislation aimed at helping K-12 students. The summer learning programs are state funded and passed as a way to stop learning loss due to the pandemic.

The school system is calling it STREAM Camp, weaving in the power of nature. STREAM stands for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. There will be a heavy focus on reading and math.

One student’s mom said her daughter’s excited to go knowing she’ll have a couple friends there, too. “I thought it would be a real good fun learning experience for her and to be able to keep maybe the stuff that she learned this year and going into next year, so it’d help her out,” said Shanna Lunsford.

Students will get breakfast and lunch and free transportation for those zoned to ride a bus in addition to all the new knowledge they gain.

It will be much like a regular school day from 8 AM to 2 PM.

The program is booked up for this school system but check with your student’s school system to see if there’s a summer learning option for your child.

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