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Perrysburg to offer summer reading camp

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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Perrysburg Schools is teaming up with the Perrysburg Heights Community Center to keep students moving on to the next grade level.

"Anyone who does not pass that test is retained in third grade," said Perrysburg Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Kadee Anstadt.

The test Anstadt spoke about is the Ohio Achievement Assessment. This is the first year the state will require districts to hold back third grade students who do not pass.

To help make sure everyone passes, the district is offering the "Little Jackets Academic Camp" this summer in conjunction with the Perrysburg Heights Community Center. The 8 week program will focus on reading.

"Beyond the reading and the literacy, it's STEM focused. These are students that might not have those summer experiences and don't build the academic vocabulary that their peers might have," said Anstadt.

"We do have younger children who really, by third grade, can't read anything and it's a shame but with this kind of program it will give them a boost especially if we can keep it continuing," said Perrysburg Heights Community Center Director Jason Craig.

The district plans to notify the parents of students who qualify. About 50 students from pre-kindergarten to third grade have already registered.

Perrysburg Schools says it has budgeted $50,000 for the program, but still needs to raise half of that money.

To donate, visit http://www.perrysburg.k12.oh.us/.

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