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Palolo students celebrate free summer school

Suzanne Williams Suzanne Williams

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At an assembly Thursday, over 100 Palolo elementary students sang and danced as they demonstrated what they learned over the past five weeks during an extended learning opportunities program.

Being a Title I school, the Palolo Elementary received federal stimulus money and also received a 21st century grant. In total the school received over $25,000 and used some of the money to provide a free summer school to students.

"We struggle. We have so many challenges at our school that an extra program or help that we can provide to help extend learning for our students is very important to all of us here and having the opportunity to do so, this is a great benefit to our students," said Palolo elementary principal, Ruth Silberstein.

Not only did the program provide academic help but also provided students with extra-curricular learning activities such as music and sports.

"The opportunity to come and learn during the summer, to do remedial work as well as get exposure to new content and to a new grade level, that's always a plus," said extended learning opportunities director, Suzanne Williams.

Thursday was the last day of the summer program and each student walked away with free books. The books were provided by the First Book Organization, an organization that gives way free books to students from Title I schools to help them start their own home library.

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