March 11, 2016 – More than 200 migrant students from schools across the Bakersfield City School District (BDSD) completed the seven-week Migrant Winter Academy held in January and February at Casa Loma and Ramon Garza Elementary Schools.
Students from grades pre-kindergarten to fifth grade participated in activities with a focus in early foundational skills such as writing, reading, and vocabulary development, while students from sixth to eight grade participated in the Regional Speech and Debate competition. Participants also had the opportunity to develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills while playing soccer. The academy concluded with educational station set ups where students practiced their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic skills by practicing their nouns, building puzzles, and learning the value of a dollar.
“Taking advantage of the supplemental services that the Region 21 Migrant Education Program offers, makes all the difference,” said Janie Flores, BCSD Migrant Education Program Supervisor.
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards that prepare them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.