Thank goodness for Say Yes to Education.
Not only has the nonprofit organization opened up doors to a brighter future for countless students by pledging a free college education for Buffalo Public School graduates, it has just saved this year’s summer school for all elementary students with a $1.2 million contribution.
The effort is being made so that those children will have the benefits of the extended learning time that raises the chances for academic success. The program involves Say Yes partnering with a number of stakeholders, including the school district.
No one wants a repeat of the fiasco in 2012, when the district canceled summer school for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, mainly in an effort to save the few million dollars that would have been spent over the four-week program. Instead of daily classes, students were given some worksheets to take home for the summer. It saved money, while setting the children back.