SCHENECTADY -- Most schools are largely vacant during the summer months, but not King Elementary, where students showed up Monday ready for their first day of the Summer Enrichment Program.
The program is being offered at four schools in the district this year. The program was launched last summer and accommodated 650 students. That number was increased to 1,086 this year.
Though the program aims to enhance and develop skills in several subjects, it’s also meant to be fun and active.
“We don’t want that same feel of what happens during the school year,” said Assistant Superintendent, Patty Paser. “We want them to feel that camp experience as they come into the building.”
The program's biggest issue this summer was having to turn applicants away, due to limited slots.
“If we could have serviced every single kid and had the summer program available for them, I would’ve said it was a home run,” said Aaron Bochniak, the school district's director of planning and accountability. “I don’t know if it’s a setback, but it’s a disappointment.”
An increase in internal staff has led to a smoother first day.
School Improvement Supervisor Sara Schneller said the first day was less stressful this year because summer program staff were familiar with the program and with where resources were located in the schools.
“Our teachers already have relationships," Schneller said. "They have kids in their classrooms that they’ve worked with all year, and I think that’s been a change that’s really helped.”
Soshelle Duran, 10, is one of the students in the program. Though it’s her first year with the program, she said she liked everything it has to offer.