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Jersey Shore students participate in after-school program

JERSEY SHORE — As a part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, from the state’s Department of Education, students at Jersey Shore Area Elementary School are practicing in fun and educational activities. Through this grant, 110 first- to fifth-grade students rotate between five academic stations — STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), reading, math, language arts, health and physical education.

Leading students in STEAM activities is Teri Dolan-Ward. During september, students designed paper parachutes, KEVA plank challenges, built three-dimensional structures made of spaghetti and marshmallows, discover why it is hard to make inventions and talked about Structure and Survival: Why Birds have Beaks.

Students also can check in and out books, take Accelerated Reader quizzes and meet with the after-school reading teacher, Mary Engel, at the Jersey Shore Area Elementary library. Engel helps to encourage students to read and select books that are right for them.

All students have the opportunity to participate in Rocket Math, an online and paper-pencil program that helps students develop fluency with math facts. Diane Mantek leads this program and is assisted by Kathy Logue, Caroline Hufnagle and Donica Confair. Each student practices math facts at their individual level and progress is tracked by the students so they can see a visual representation of their growth.

Students can be found in the gym or the playground while participating in physical education activities on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday lead by Aaron Kemnitz. On Tuesdays and Thursday, Kemnitz teaches health lessons about practicing positive choices at an early age through the Too Good for Drugs curriculum.

Students in first- to fifth-grade that are enrolled in the Avis, Jersey Shore and Salladasburg elementary schools are eligible to attend the program. The after-school program is in operation every school with the exception of early dismissals and is free to parents. The program began Sept. 3.

While at the after-school program, students receive a nutritious snack daily and teachers, aids assist students in completing their homework. Theresa Murray meets with students individually and in small groups to help with specific homework questions and needs.

During the 2020 summer, the Jersey Shore Area Elementary 21st Century Community Learning Center will hold a four week summer program that includes meals, academic intervention and enrichment and field trips.

For more information, email Adrienne Johnston, principal at Jersey Shore Area Elementary, at ajohnston@jsasd.org.

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