CANYON CITY – Thanks to a handful of private donors from the Oregon Community Foundation, Humbolt Elementary soon will increase its educational intervention programs for students in grades 1-6.

School officials had applied for a $140,000 grant from OCF to assist primarily middle-school students, but that application was unsuccessful. However, five private donors who are members of the foundation were so impressed with the school’s current program and the plans to expand it, they offered $36,000 to support the efforts.

“We didn’t fit the other grant, but they still wanted to help us out,” said principal Monty Nash.

The school got the good news in early February.

Nash said the biggest change is that Devin Moan, who currently splits her time between Title 1 program specialist and teaching sixth-grade, will run the Response to Intervention and Title 1 programs full time.

Along with Moan’s position change, Humbolt will offer a “Friday school” program in the 2014-15 academic year, and another program this summer.

Plans all for “Friday school” to be held on about 15 Fridays, for about two hours each day, Nash said. It probably will start in October, he said, after staff have had a few weeks to do assessments and identify children in need of academic intervention.

The summer school is expected to run from about 9 a.m. to noon three days a week for six weeks, offering mostly math and reading for about 40-50 students who need an academic boost.

Nash said it won’t all be lessons, however. The school hopes to include enriching and outside activities for the kids, such as participation in the community’s free summer lunches. Busing is in the works.

One more perk offered by the funding is that it will allow time for Moan to visit Seneca School periodically to assist with Title 1 needs there.

The $36,000 is only for the coming school year, but Nash said the hope is to make the program sustainable into the future.

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