LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s called the Summer Ignite program. Fayette County Public Schools ran it as a complementary learning program for students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What you need to know
- Summer programs are back in schools
- Fayette County Public Schools started the Summer Ignite program this week
- Students look forward to being in the classroom after a year of transitions
- Between 6,000 and 7,000 students enrolled in the first of three sessions at FCPS
At least 70 students attended the first session at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School.
In a classroom, this week they learn about sharks with virtual reality glasses. In the hallway of another room, older elementary students are in the makeshift ring with battle robots to blow up balloons.
“In my wildest dreams I would never have thought I would have gotten to this point,” said Tyson Steelman, an assistant elementary school principal.
He said his students are just eager to learn.
“The kid’s response to that just makes you smile again,” Steelman said.
It refers to the Summer Ignite program, where students learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
“We’ve even had kids say ‘I can’t wait to come back the next day,’ just because they’re eager to learn. But that, along with what the teachers have designed to allow kids to do things from virtual reality to engineering to getting involved with robots, now these kids are more engaged and don’t even know they’re learning, ”Steelman said.
After a year of transition, Steelman said teachers at Fayette County public schools designed summer programs to literally ignite learning in young minds.
“Going from virtual to personal, then to virtual, there are so many transitions that have had to happen, and then you add a summer program to it,” Steelman said. “I think now more than ever, kids just starve to be around other students, they starve to learn, they starve to be back in some kind of normal routine and they learn, as we all know, we have grown up with, that’s what’s normal as it is done ”.
Across the district, between 6,000 and 7,000 students are enrolled in the first of three sessions, paving the way for the next school year.
“What I know we’ve done our job is that the kids say,‘ I didn’t even know we were learning ’and that’s what you want because their intention is for them to get involved, for now, and they’ve done it again. what they like to do, ”Steelman said.
The school district ended the first session this week. The next two sessions will resume after the July 4th vacation.