Monongalia County Schools levy pays for expanded summer classes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Registration is underway for the Monongalia County Schools “Summer Snowflakes” program.

For the second year, the district will use levy funds to pay instructors to host 26 classes for elementary, middle and high school students.

“We couldn’t do it without the vision of our board of education or without that school levy funding,” said Assistant Superintendent of Monongalia County Schools Donna Talerico. “It supports these types of programmings.”

Last year, classes like “Arts for All” and “Let’s Move” filled up fast at the elementary level.

The summer sessions, which vary from week to week and in times of the day, were so popular last year, board members approved the use of levy funds to offer additional classes and expand the program for older students for summer 2015.

Students can register for classes like “Multi-Cultural Music”, “Tech Attack” and “Dance Like Stars” at their home school or at another school in the county.

Classes are intended to be educational and to open students up to new interests. For example, at the middle school level, classes include science in the kitchen, carpentry and coding.

“Those are going to be for our 4th and 5th grade students. They are going to learn the basics of coding,” said Julia Hamilton, the Extended Day Director for Monongalia County Schools. “So, the coding that goes into making websites or making apps for phones, they’re going to be learning the basics of that so they can program their own robot.”

Instructors at the county’s three high schools will teach welding, pre-engineering and animal sciences.

The first sessions begin June 15, four days after the final day for students in the 2014-2015 school year. Early registration is encouraged.

“We have hundreds of spots available since we have greatly expanded these programs this year. But, if you’re interested in something particular, I’d get on it,” Hamilton said.

Transportation is provided for some of the classes that are held at the MTEC building.

For more Summer Snowflakes information and to register, go to the Monongalia County Schools website.