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2013-08-08 / Other News

CEC 18 Touts Summer School Program A Success

Photo and text by Ramiro S. FĂșnez

James Dandridge As many Canarsie students are beginning to wind down their summer vacations, the District 18 Community Education Council (CEC 18) released updates about the progress of students attending the CEC’s summer school and camp.

August 5th was the last day students in summer school took the English Language Arts (ELA) exam, said District 18 Superintendent Beverly Wilkins. Approximately 1,422 students within the district attended summer school.

Portfolios for summer school students will be reviewed from August 8th through August 13th to determine their promotional status. If students are not approved for promotion, parents are able to appeal the decision by contacting the Department of Education. The CEC 18 also managed a six-weeklong summer day camp program aimed at keeping children entertained, involved and healthy throughout their vacation. Arts and crafts workshops, basketball tournaments and free meals were offered throughout the summer.

“If you come into the camp, there are students who are working and it’s important they were provided with that,” said CEC 18 President James Dandridge. “We’re actively pursuing to get students paid jobs for upcoming summer camps.”

A $3,500 grant provided by the City Council, which funded the summer day camp this year, has been approved for summer 2014. Parents interested in enrolling their children in next year’s summer day camp should contact the CEC 18. While managing summer school portfolios and day camp programs have kept the CEC 18 occupied, the council was also able to officially install new officers. James Dandridge was reelected as President, Rhonda Joseph was elected as First Vice President, Sonia Forde-White was elected as Second Vice President, Cathy Donovan was elected as the Recording Secretary and Christina Kennedy was elected as the Treasurer.

The new board will review a $18,500 budget for the upcoming school year, which includes $1,500 for the reimbursement of CEC 18 members who spent out-of-pocket money on programs and a line of $17,000 for miscellaneous expenses.

The public is invited to their next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, September 9th at 7 p.m. at the district office.

While the first day of school is also on September 9th, the CEC works full time on improving student programming and serves as an advisory committee for parents who want more involvement in their children’s education.

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