A Boeing representative spent a day with our students. The Village Group emphasizes aviation-related careers as one of our programs and we’ve increased emphasis on it during our Summer Academy over the last three years. Boeing Education Relations Specialist Frank Hatton shared opportunities to be found at the Boeing plant in Charleston. He pointed to these careers as unique opportunities to work for Boeing and stay at home.
We conducted a pilot program, which teams 10 students per teacher for first- and second- graders. Normally, Summer Academy has 20-25 students per teacher. Based on the successful outcomes of that pilot program, we are seeking funding to continue the lower student to teacher ratio.
Local and regional media support helps The Village Group and Plantersville Summer Academy succeed in attracting students and funding. In 2016, we received nearly half a dozen very positive articles in local print media. One article in South Strand News on the first day of class in June contained these quotes:
Talicha McCants, whose son has been in the Academy since it started, said, “It’s very important, because they continue the same education track they started at school.”
Madre Cochran, who enrolled his daughter and son for the first time in 2016, said, “This is a good program to keep their brains working over the summer.”
Academy teacher Norine Grant Fraiser observes, “Just to see them want to be engaged and the activities they did to broaden their sense of culture [and the world] was awesome. When they return to school, you can tell learning took place all during the summer.”