Pirate Academy success reported

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Riverside Schools High School Principal Andy McGill reported at Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting on the success of the Pirate Academy program, which began offering before- and after-school activities to students last month.

“The program has exploded,” he said. “We’ve had about 80 students participate so far, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The programming geared for students in grades 7-12 is being offered as a direct result of the district’s receipt of more than $100,000 through a 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grant.

An hour-long before-school homework help and tutoring are available for students, and then participants spend approximately 2 1/2 hours after school focusing on reading, math, physical fitness and career readiness.

Work with the school’s student-run radio program, WDEQ 91.7 The Buzz, also is incorporated in the curriculum.

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