As Hyde’s Summer Leap Program concludes its fifth year, elementary school teachers continue to watch their students blossom. “We started the program because we want to make sure students are still learning over the summer and that all the great work teachers are doing is not lost over summer vacation,” said elementary school special education teacher and Hyde Summer Leap Program Director, Davina Davis. “We want students to really foster a love of reading and show them that they shouldn’t stop reading when the school year stops.”
The summer program has evolved to also include a Pre-K for rising Hyde kindergartners. Rising kindergartners, Camilla De Paz, and Leonela Pichardo are very excited to start at Hyde and said they have already learned a lot! “My favorite part [of the program] was writing my name. I can write my name now! We did reading too. We read pattern books,” said Camilla. “I learned how to write the date,” Leonela added. “We danced too.” Each week a different group of rising kindergartners attended a combination summer enrichment and Hyde orientation. “Teachers get to see if the students have any number sense yet or if they know how to write their name and date,” said Ms. Davis. Before the Pre-K program, many teachers students and their families felt they were starting the year without really knowing their Hyde community. “So we started learning about our incoming students and their families over the summer,” said Ms. Davis. “By getting families involved, this helps create and start a great relationship with parents, teachers, and students. We begin to build a community.”
Special thank you to our Summer Leap partners: Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. and D’Arrigo New York!
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