TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Summer learning programs for elementary
students promised by the Ontario Liberals are a positive step forward,
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario, said today.
"The $9 million promised would be a wise and worthwhile investment. We
know that where they exist summer literacy camps are very successful,"
Hammond said, "and we know that early intervention works."
"This will give extra help to students who are struggling and give them
a chance to catch up with their peers," Hammond said. "It will
particularly benefit students from families who are struggling
Students who attend summer literacy programs currently offered by some
district school boards make significant gains, Hammond pointed out. He
added, "It's particularly important to focus on primary grade students,
since the help they receive will improve their chances for success in
their later academic careers."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
educators in public elementary schools across the province. It is the
largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
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