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WDTN TV: Students get a chance to avoid summer slide

By Pam Elliot
June 26, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN)- Research shows children can lose much of what they learn in the classroom during the summer months. That's why a program called "Building Educated Leaders For Life" is so important to educators.

The Mad River and Trotwood-Madison School Districts are the only ones in Ohio to be part of the national program knows as BELL.

Math and reading are the focal points, but in the afternoons students participate in fine arts and martial arts . Field trips are part of the program too. The children have already been to the Cincinnati Zoo.

Student Madison Henry described what that was like, "We got to see the gorillas and he was eating lettuce, wait celery, yea celery, and he kept dropping it because we were watching him eat it."

Necia Nicholas, Mad River Schools Superintendent told 2 NEWS, "When you're teaching math and you're teaching reading you can incorporate experiences the children have you have much better learning situation."

"I think it's going to help me because before I was struggling with reading, but now at this program they are teaching me a lot about like how you could, words you don't know how you could break it up and stuff," said student Devan Schulke.

Building confidence along with reading and math skills is a big part of what makes this summer program special.

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio and the Iddings Foundation have each contributed $100,000 for the summer program which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade.