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JPS Summer LEAP, JUMP Programs Open For Registration

Jefferson Food Truck: Jefferson Middle School summer JUMP students created their own “food trucks” as part of a multidisciplinary project last summer.

JPS is again offering programming this summer for elementary and middle school students. LEAP (Learning Enrichment Academic Progress), for current kindergarten through fourth graders, and JUMP (Jumping into the Ultimate Multi-disciplinary Project) for current fifth through seventh graders. The programs will be held from July 5 through August 19 and are free for JPS students thanks to the generosity of the Sheldon Foundation and Cummins Engine. JPS is also happy to partner with the YMCA, YWCA and Boys and Girls Club for the summer programming.

“Summer programs provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn, create, and play,” said Laura Penhollow, JPS Coordinator of Extended Learning. “Certified teachers will provide literacy intervention for all students while they participate in summer learning and enrichment activities. This will help students to continue to grow throughout the summer as they have fun.”

Both programs will offer breakfast and lunch, reading instruction and intervention and academic enrichment. LEAP runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the option of wrap-around childcare from 3 to 5 p.m. by partner agencies (there may be an additional fee but it can be covered by DSS subsidies). LEAP students will have small group reading instruction and hands-on learning activities, enrichment activities such as music, dance, outside scavenger hunts and sports. Students will also participate in virtual visits and field trips from the Audubon Community Nature Center, Impact, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts and more!

JUMP, for middle school students, will include reading intervention and enrichment all while students work on fun, project-based, multi-disciplinary learning activities from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Last year, JUMP students completed a forensic unit, created their own food truck businesses, and created a treasure hunt based on graphing, among exploring many other avenues. The teachers will be planning many hands-on experiences for the students this year as well.

“We wanted students to be actively engaged in learning, as well as making it fun,” said Jefferson JUMP teacher, Tara Mammoser. “Kids love anything involving food! We are so proud. They worked so hard all summer using all the subject areas: social studies, ELA, math and science. They also learned important life skills that we don’t always get to teach during the school year.”

Love Elementary School student, Emily Canfield, shows off a craft she created during last year’s summer LEAP program.

Parents and guardians can expect that registration packets for eligible students will be sent home by classroom teachers starting by May 17, 2022 and will continue on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

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