SPRINGFIELD, MO (09/11/17) - A hands on approach to learning, Club Encore is an extended learning after school program that gives kids second and fifth grade the opportunity to explore new ways of increasing their reading and math skills.
“It’s very individualized! We are making sure that we are meeting their learning needs but the biggest thing is that they are going to be hands on, they’re going to be up, engaged, and moving, and learning without even knowing it," says Kelsey Brabo with Springfield public schools.
With it being the first day a couple of the kids said they’re ready to start learning!
“I’m most excited about learning new things and stuff," says fifth grader Jasmine.
“I’m excited to learn new things at the pace we are going at," says fourth grader Asantie.
The students are going to have an extra 60 hours of learning per semester. So each kid could see an extra 120 hours of learning all year.
With around 4,400 students invited to join Club Encore this year, only about 800 participated last year. Making Springfield schools say they’re excited that kids are more involved in reading and math.
And just this morning, Brabo says well over 3,000 seats have been filled with eager kids ready to test their skills. Brabo, also, says the number is much higher this year because the eligibility requirements were broadened.
“We identified some needs within our students and we deemed them an ineligibles student and invited them to Club Encore," says Brabo.
With two tutors per 20 kids, three assessments are given throughout the school year to test which kids might need a little more help with reading and math. Next year, Springfield schools hope to include kindergarten, first, and sixth grade.