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Summer School Incentives Pay Off for Seneca Kids and School District

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Many school districts hold summer school classes but in Seneca, enrollment numbers are up dramatically compared to last year. The district credits incentives.

Jeremy Haase and his classmates read about China and the Himalayas. He says he comes to summer school to learn but this year there was another reason.

Haase said, "We get paid money. We get paid five dollars a day and we get to go fun places. Like, last Friday, we went to Roaring River and we get to do fun stuff in class like math stations and play on the computers."

Fifth grade teacher Holli Sears added, “After the kids found out they were getting money, going swimming, and they were going to be going on field trips, enrollment  sky rocketed. So yeah, it makes a big difference."

Sears also said some kids see it like earning a paycheck.

Soon to be second grader Joshua Roller said,"It’s like being a grown up and buying a new car."

And second grader Duncan Beville said, "I’m gonna try  to buy a four wheeler if I have enough money."

Enrollment increased by more than one hundred sixty students compared to last year. That’s up twenty-five percent. Some high school students said they'd be here anyway.

Hailey Martin, a junior said, "I’m here to take personal finance and speech so I can double up on my  classes my junior year to make honors."

But they’re still excited about the money.

Kaden Miller said,"I like it. It helps a lot with extra  spending money and gas and that kind of stuff."

And Hailey added, "Yes, I didn't even know I was getting paid until the second day I was here. I was like, oh! That’s a bonus. I was like that’s cool."

According to the superintendent, the district spends between nine and twelve thousand dollars on summer school incentives but when numbers are up, so is funding from the state.

Dr. Jim Cummins said,"If we can bring in nine students, that’s somewhere in the forty-five hundred dollars  range of  additional Average Daily Attendance we're able to claim and so we wouldn't offer an incentive that costs the school district money."

Dr. Cummins said  even if it was break-even, there's an educational value that comes with  knowledge retention. And even the kids believe that's true.

 Fifth grader Bailee Adams said, "Yeah, because in my class,  we get to do a whole bunch of different reading stuff and it makes it a bit more fun. And we learn about different things. Some of it we already know, but it refreshes your mind cause some people over the summer,  you lose what you thought, so it helps and its really fun."

    

Carl Junction schools are offering prizes as incentives. The district draws for weekly prizes from names of students who have perfect attendance. Some prizes are cash. Then there will be a drawing at the end of June for big prizes like bicycles.

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