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Peekskill Elementary Enrichment Program Focuses On Students Academic Needs

students learn about healthy food choices while they make fruit parfaits in Jenn Fowler’s enrichment class at Oakside Elementary.
students learn about healthy food choices while they make fruit parfaits in Jenn Fowler’s enrichment class at Oakside Elementary. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill City School District recently introduced a new Elementary Enrichment program for grades K-5 to help address the unique needs of every child.

The program, which allows all students to receive at least one enrichment period a week, focuses on the academically talented students who are reading above grade level in each elementary building.

School schedules allot five periods a week for these students to participate in project-based learning, such as writing and performing an American Indian folktale with authentic dance and music.

“What the program does is kick literacy up a notch, if you will,” said Mary Foster, assistant superintendent for Elementary Education. “The students are engaged in research or performing arts projects, while others are focused on projects that have to do with subjects such as technology and foreign languages.'

"All the classes keep listening, reading, and speaking in mind while students have the opportunity to delve a little deeper into interesting topics.”

Student response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive and children say that they find themselves looking forward to their enrichment lessons.

Eligible children are selected to participate in the enrichment program based on a variety of factors driven by their literacy abilities.

Every student in kindergarten through Grade 5 enjoys schoolwide enrichment for one 40 minute period once a week.

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