Wico. Schools offering free summer program for middle schoolers
WICOMICO CO., Md. – In an effort to try and make up for the impact COVID-19 has had on classroom time, Wicomico County Public Schools is offering a new online summer program.
The voluntary program called “STAY SHARP” is being offered to middle school students this summer to help develop their math and English skills. Officials say the program is not graded or for credits and is individualized based on the needs of each student.
Educators say this came about after deciding they wanted to help students as much as they could during this time. “We struggle with kids losing three months of school with summer vacation known as the summertime slide. They’ve gotten the COVID-slide as well so I think this is a good way to help them out and hopefully when we get back to some normalcy in the fall they will be in better shape,” says Mike Bievenour, the assistant principal for evening and summer school.
Bievenour says the county didn’t need to change anything in the budget to accommodate this new program. “STAY SHARP” is free for all county public school students and registration is open until June 25th. Bievenour says about sixty students have already signed up.