ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Many area school districts offer summer school, but Belleville East offers credited classes such as biology and math, for a fee.
The St. Clair R-13 School District offers voluntary summer school as well, but with a financial incentive. Assistant superintendent Nadine Myers says that the district has been offering incentives such as this for years.
“We give them either a $50 or $100 Walmart card, or something along that line,” Myers says.
This summer, the money will be doubled from what it has been previously. If a student has perfect attendance, they will receive $100 and if they miss only one day, it will be $50.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can receive cash prizes as well, but they will not exceed $25 and the money does not apply to summer credit courses. Myers says that they want kids in school learning during the summer months rather than losing the knowledge they have gained during the fiscal year.
Myers says that in most cases their summer program includes about 900 students, grades K-12.
“Summer vacation is a pretty popular thing with kids, but we want to minimize what students lose in instruction during the summertime,” says Myers. “So, offering that incentive is a way we try to help.”
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