Kansas Reading Roadmap to begin summer program

Garden City Public Schools will be working over the summer to help struggling students succeed who have qualified for the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) program beginning on Monday, June 1.

Five schools in USD 457 involved in the program are: Abe Hubert Elementary School, Buffalo Jones Elementary School, Florence Wilson Elementary School, Gertrude Walker Elementary School, and Victor Ornelas Elementary School.

The summer school part of the program will run from June 1 - 26.  The classes will be provided virtually Monday through Friday this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The instruction will focus on STEAM, Family Engagement, Math and PE.

Research has shown that reading skills drop dramatically during the summer break.  Reading skills are a strong predictor of whether a child will graduate from high school or not.  Summer is an important target to help students experience success in this area and stay in school. The KRR summer program is free and provides targeted reading interventions for students, along with healthy meals, physical movement, community service projects and field trips.

The Kansas Reading Roadmap program seeks to align proven reading models to achieve greater student achievement.  The program looks at both the school day and out of school time to identify opportunities for reading improvement.

This is the fifth year that the district has held the summer school part of the program in the district.  The Kansas Reading Roadmap is a reading initiative of the Kansas Department for Children and Families funded with public and private dollars to implement programs into the five elementary schools in the district.