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Summer Bridge begins today in Pinellas

Sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Lindenberg, Pinellas Park Middle School, teaches a group of students preparing for fifth grade at Woodlawn Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 during a session of the Summer Bridge Program. The students were studying nonverbal communication skills. The program was started three years ago by Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Grego to prevent student learning loss, especially in low income areas. Students shown include, left to right: Triniat-e Brown, 10, Madison Mitchell, 9, Audrey Tucker, 10, and Addison Suarez, 11, all of St. Petersburg.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Lindenberg, Pinellas Park Middle School, teaches a group of students preparing for fifth grade at Woodlawn Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 during a session of the Summer Bridge Program. The students were studying nonverbal communication skills. The program was started three years ago by Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Grego to prevent student learning loss, especially in low income areas. Students shown include, left to right: Triniat-e Brown, 10, Madison Mitchell, 9, Audrey Tucker, 10, and Addison Suarez, 11, all of St. Petersburg.

Summer Bridge, the Pinellas County school district's summer school program, kicks off its fifth year today.

Enrollment in the six-week program reaches another record high with 16,896 students registered between elementary, middle and high school grade levels, surpassing last year's beginning enrollment of about 16,000. The district saw enrollment growth across all grade levels.

The Gradebook will follow up on how many enrolled students attend the program later this week. Last year, around two-thirds of registered students showed up to classes.

The percentage of registered black students, however, has decreased from 39 percent last summer to 31 percent. A new settlement in a state lawsuit calls for the district to ensure that all black students who are not on track to graduate or who are falling behind in school participate in the program.

Elementary and middle school students focus on reading, math and science skills while high schoolers primarily focus on credit recovery.

More information on Summer Bridge, including registration, can be found here.

[Last modified: Monday, June 5, 2017 6:09pm]

    

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