A group of city and school district officials are backing a successful-but-expensive summer learning program in northeast Oklahoma City, hoping to expand the concept to other inner city schools.
Mayor Mick Cornett and new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu were among those at Douglass Mid-High School on Thursday, the final day of a Summer STEAM Academy for about 70 students from F.D. Moon Elementary School, 1901 NE 13.
Students displayed artwork and sang songs to celebrate the end of the monthlong program, which uses fun, hands-on experiences to teach science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). The program also focuses on reading.
Cornett emphasized the importance of after-school programs in building well-rounded children that one day will be “the future of our city.”
“We need to keep our kids busy,” he said. “Keep in mind, a kid is only in school about 25 percent of the time. The rest of the time they’re doing something, and we as community leaders need to make sure their time is being spent as productively as possible.”
The program is the result of a collaboration between the city planning department, the school district and The Oklahoma Afterschool Network, which developed the curriculum based on the needs of the Culbertson neighborhood.
The district paid $70,000 to fund the program, which will be extended on an after-school basis in the coming year, officials said.
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