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Summer Scholar Program to launch

A new summer program that will look to bolster elementary students' educations is set to kick off in the Amherst School District.

The Summer Scholar Program, which recently received the blessing of the School Board, has been designed to enrich elementary curriculums during the summer, said Mary Lavin, principal of Windermere Elementary School.

The program, which will be held at Windermere but is open to all elementary students districtwide, will run over six weeks this summer. Certified instructors will lead instruction in six themes, Lavin said: technology, math, science, English, the performing arts and physical education.

"We know how hard it is to provide quality care for your kids," Lavin said. "Many times, students lose those academic skills over the summer. This is summer camp in an enriching way."

Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, Lavin said, with the bulk of that time focusing on educational material. Field trips and guest speakers also will be woven into the program, and breakfast and lunch will be included.

The program will operate at no cost to the district. Instead, Lavin said, the estimated $120 weekly tuition will be paid by parents. While the program will be capped at 100 participants, 45 students are needed to break even, and Lavin said the camp will not proceed if enrollment falls below that.

For more information, e-mail mlavin@amherstschools.org or call 362-4100.

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