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School system continues summer learning camps

JACKSON, Tenn. — Students are keeping their minds sharp this summer.

The Jackson-Madison County school system is continuing summer learning camps for a second year.

The camps are funded by a state grant that gives schools the opportunity to catch up after the pandemic.

“The purpose of the grant was to provide remediation and acceleration to students in the wake of the pandemic,” said Tiffany Spight, director of studies for the school system.

There are more than 1,000 students enrolled in camps and another 400 high school students in credit recovery.

The camp day is divided into different areas of study, including reading, math, intervention and an hour to participate in a STREAM activity.

Spight says the district is also offering a new program for freshmen.

With several new options for high school students to choose from, a three-day Freshman Academy gives them the chance to plan their schedule in advance.

“It’s just not the same as getting your high school credits. We are really concerned about their post-secondary career. Taking the time to allow them to program them, getting familiar with them will help them on their journey,” Spight said.

The academy will take place later this summer.

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