The 12,000 students are from some of the lowest performing schools in the district. They will spend 17 days of their summer getting extra instruction with the goal being to improve their academic skills.
Last summer, Governor Brian Sandoval signed the states first bill for English Language Learners, or ELL students. He set aside $50 million to be used at 14 ZOOM schools under performing in reading and math. The money will pay for the extended school year.
Instead of a typical textbook, students at Rose Warren Elementary School are learning from famous people, such as Walt Disney.
"I love that there's like so many things that he does, all the animated things," said 10-year-old Glaudia Cruz.
During the extra instruction days, each grade will have its theme. For some, it is Disney where students will hone their reading and thinking skills. For others, is is an inventor and math skills will be the focus. Students will create their own toy prototype.
"Some of these kids aren't given those opportunities. They're not sent to summer camps, they're not sent to kid's camps or swim classes or museums. Those things that a lot of parents naturally do with their kids, our kids struggle," said Tara Bauman, a Rose Warren teacher.
The curriculum was created by local educators specifically for ELL students.
"I had a kid in here the other day that didn't know what a corn dog was, I showed him a picture on my iPad," said
Paula Hitchcock, ZOOM project facilitator. "They need something tangible to attach the words to."
"I want to learn more and get better grades," said Diego Saucedo.
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