Columbia students rewarded for summer school attendance

Friday, July 27, 2007 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:08 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

COLUMBIA — More than 2,500 students in Columbia will soon be $100 richer.

Roy Moeller, a manager with Newton Learning, an independent education contractor that provides summer school classes in Columbia, said 2,749 students will receive a $100 debit card for having perfect attendance throughout the five-week summer school program that ended July 13.

Newton Learning offers incentives for students who have good attendance, including those who miss only one or two days.

Debit cards worth $75 will be presented to 1,109 students who missed one day of class, and 481 students who missed two days of class will receive $50 debit cards.

Those numbers are in line with the number of students who got the same incentives last summer when 2,785 students received a $100 reward, 1,081 received $75 and 451 received $50.

Moeller said students who attended summer school in Columbia this year had a 92 percent attendance rate. Newton Learning, which also has programs in nearly 50 other Missouri school districts, aims for a 90 percent attendance rate among students. Moeller said Columbia’s summer school attendance was in line with the other school districts Newton Learning serves.

Moeller said 6,634 students were enrolled for summer school on June 11, the first day of class. By the end of the program, 5,371 students were enrolled. Newton Learning anticipates 17 percent of kids who sign up for the program won’t attend classes.

Last year, 6,381 students started the summer school program; 5,188 finished.

This was the fourth summer Newton Learning provided summer school classes in Columbia.

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