Melrose Elementary trying to get message out about Summer Bridge
Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg has some of the highest-need students in the Pinellas County School District. Of the 400 students at the school, 78 percent aren't on grade level and 26 percent have been held back one to two years.
These are the students that superintendent Mike Grego wants to see in the new Summer Bridge program, which is meant to curb summer learning losses. But only 51 students from the school have signed up. (181 qualified based on test scores, but district officials are now saying that everyone can register, not just those in need)
Principal Christine Porter told the education committee at the NAACP Tuesday online registration was difficult for many of her families because they don't have Internet access. To get the word out, Porter said she made paper applications for students. Teachers and staff members are registering kids themselves.
And 10 people at Melrose, including Porter, called each family about Summer Bridge.
"We have personally called every family. A lot of our numbers don't work sometimes, but we tried," she said.