'Summer Boost' program prepares students for next school year

Copperview Elementary students attend a new summer program called Summer Boost to help them catch up after the pandemic. (Sean Moody, KSL TV)



MIDVALE — The pandemic created learning gaps for some Utah students, and it's led to an uptick in enrollment for summer school.

This week, Canyons School District launched its Summer Boost Program.

Some K-8 students were invited to take part in the three-week program, where they will brush up on math and literacy skills and mix in some summer camp fun.

There are five sites within the district, which include Copperview Elementary.

Students fuel up with breakfast and then make the trek to the classroom for a day of learning.

"We reviewed data from mid-year and saw students that were demonstrating a need for additional instructional support," said Aimee Wagner, summer boost program administrator at Copperview Elementary.

This is the first year Canyons schools offered the program for students who struggled during the pandemic — academically and socially.

With 25% less instruction this past school year, teachers like Lisa Pereira volunteered to spend time in the classroom to help students.

"We want to provide them whatever it is that they need so they can remove all of the other stress so we can get down to learning," said Wagner.

The overall goal is to get students caught up and prepare them for a new school year in the fall.

"We're feeding students, we are providing a safe place. We are providing real high-quality instruction and we're having a lot of fun," said Wagner.

Administrators said learning doesn't stop at three weeks. They'll continue to track the data and make any adjustments to ensure students can be successful.

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