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Eustis Heights Elementary celebrates end of summer school program

 Eustis Heights students build with Leggo blocks.  Three girls pose at Eustis Heights summer school celebration.  Several students pose with ice cream at summer school celebration.

EUSTIS -- Students at Eustis Heights Elementary School celebrated the end of summer school with cake and ice cream on Tuesday, July 11.

Thirty-three second-grade students and 18 fourth-grade students have been working since June 12 as part of the summer "Tiger Tutoring" program. They have been receiving additional support to increase their confidence and academic achievement for the upcoming school year.

During the five-week program, the students worked on math concepts individualized to each of their needs, engaging literature studies, systematic phonemic interventions and direct vocabulary instruction. Students in both grade levels have shown a combined 65 percent proficiency increase in the IStation e-learning reading program.
"We are eager to see how this positive change influences the students' learning as they begin the new school year in August," Principal Chad Frazier said. 
He said the students' success was also largely due to the amount of support the school received from the Elks Club and the PAWS Therapy Dogs reading program. The Elks awarded the school $1,600 in a "Gratitude Grant" to help get high-quality, engaging literature into the hands of students who need it most. Each week, the students excitedly anticipated a guest reader from the club to come and introduce the book to them through an engaging read-aloud. At the end of the read-aloud sessions, the students were gifted the books to take home for their personal collection.
In addition, the PAWS team brought Daisy the dog every Thursday and allowed students to practice reading aloud to her so they could increase their fluency.