On Thursday night, the Augusta County School Board approved a program aimed at helping the children of migrant workers achieve their educational goals.
The federal grant program provides additional resources for the students, and school officials say it couldn't have come at a better time.
With students heading into summer vacation and many hoping to leave all traces of school behind, this new program will help ensure that students who may not speak English as their first language at home won't fall behind in their education.
School officials say Augusta County doesn't have as many students of migrant workers as Harrisonburg or Albermarle County, but this program will help fill a need, especially over the summer months.
"We have had ESL teachers who have actually been hired by the grant this summer to provide additional educational support to students and sometimes even students are not yet even in school, so preschool students would receive support so that they are ready for the beginning of the next school year," says ESL Curriculum Coordinator Tina Kiracofe.
School officials say, in many ways, the students actually benefit more from summer instruction, because they work in smaller groups and teachers have the freedom to be a little more creative in their methods.
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