Selfies: That’s a wrap on Summer Advantage Program 2017 |

Selfies: That’s a wrap on Summer Advantage Program 2017

Sopris Elementary School second-grader Orlando Jimenez Torres helps release the lady bugs on his arm.

The 2017 Summer Advantage Program wrapped up Friday at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood and Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale.
Students at Crystal River spent their last day with the Lucky Day Animal Rescue group learning how to properly approach and pet a dog. They also participated in a service learning project focusing on environmental stewardship while pulling weeds and thistles at the North Face Bike Park. Sopris students had an awards ceremony, and each class was surprised with containers of hundreds of ladybugs to release around their school.
Summer Advantage students spent three hours on academics in the morning and two hours on enrichment in the afternoon. Fridays were spent with special guests or on field trips to places such as Aspen Mountain, Rifle Falls, Rifle Fish Hatchery and the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt.
National research has shown that students lose three months of learning every summer. The Summer Advantage Program has successfully prepared students for the upcoming year by boosting their learning and academics to be 1.6 months ahead of their peers who did not attend.

All photos by Post Independent Staff Photographer Chelsea Self.

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