Hills Summer Academy Ends with Song

July 7, 2016 – Focus on Literacy was the theme for the three-week Summer Reading Academy at Stella Hills Elementary School. Dozens of students completed the academy and celebrated their accomplishments during a culmination event at the school on June 30th.

“I signed my daughter Leyla up for the summer program. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help improve her reading skills while I attended the parent sessions to help her continue with reading over the summer,” said parent Keysha Owens.

The program was put on through Title I funds and an After School Program grant. The curriculum consisted of reading, writing, listening, and speaking on a daily basis. The students, who were selected based on need, were also exposed to science, art, physical education, and music.

“We had storytelling every day with outside community members and district staff volunteers. Students were introduced to reading for pleasure, and stories were read with excitement and emotion,” said Diane Wallace, Program Coordinator.

The culmination event featured singing by the first, second and third graders, who sang about the days of the week, months of the year, and the four seasons. The event also recognized staff and parents who were essential to the success of the Summer Reading Academy. Students were also given free books courtesy of a partnership with the Kern County Library and Barnes & Noble.

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Students performed during the celebration of the end of the Summer Reading Academy.

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The Kern County Library and Barnes & Noble donated books to the students.

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KBAK News anchor Erin Briscoe was one of the community members who read stories to the students at the academy.

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First, second and third graders singing.

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Parent recognition.

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BCSD staff members being recognized.

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