Unlike many of her peers at Martin Luther King Elementary School in northeast Oklahoma City, Ericka Rucker doesn’t mind attending summer school.
Where else can you learn to break down a story or discuss vocabulary words like gargoyle, parapet and outlaw?
“It helps you out a lot,” Ericka, 8, said Wednesday. The bubbly third-grader said she aspires to be a librarian because she wants to “help people read.”
Ericka and about 2,000 other Oklahoma City Public Schools students in need of “rigorous instruction” in reading, writing and math were invited to attend a first-year summer academy, which started Monday. About half of those students — 868 — had participated through two days.
The five-week program is sponsored by the school district and Teach for America, a nonprofit group that places teachers in high-need and urban schools nationwide.
About 200 new teachers being trained by Teach for America are providing instruction at five district schools: Bodine, Martin Luther King and Rockwood elementary schools, Douglass Mid-High School and Capitol Hill High School.
Stacy Montgomery, a recent college graduate from Indianapolis, is among their ranks. Montgomery and the other Teach for America members are working toward certification. Most will teach in schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma City starting in August.