Elementary Teachers Applaud the Promise of Summer Programs

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 economically."

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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Valerie Dugale - 416-948-0195; or Johanna Brand - 416-948-2554

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