Rogers University expands successful program

With the success of the summer learning program at Rogers Elementary School known as Rogers University, expansion of the program has school leaders excited.

Rogers Principal Mick Jurgensen and other program leaders presented an update on the program as it prepares to enter into year three to the Marshalltown School Board Monday

The program, paid primarily through grants, is expanding from preschool through third grades to add fourth through sixth grades this summer. It was originally designed to curb summer learning loss but has evolved into so much more for the students, including building a culture of lifelong learning.

“The majority of the kids and families have responded so favorably,” Jurgensen said. “In some ways, it’s been a dream come true.”

This year’s program will be six weeks for the kindergarten through third grades beginning June 10. The new fourth through sixth grade program will be four weeks starting June 24.

Jurgensen said community partners such as the YMCA/YWCA, library and Orpheum Theater have stayed involved and presented a whole new world of opportunities to the students.

“The community partners see the value in the program,” said Clarissa Thompson, a program leader of Mid-Iowa Community Action.

Jurgensen said students are taking ownership in their learning as a result of this summer program.

“They are far more involved in their learning than we’ve ever seen,” he said.

Jurgensen looks for continued improvement in all aspects of Rogers University in the future.

“What we have is very unique,” Jurgensen said. “Year three will simply be the best yet.”

The next meeting of the school board will be Friday at noon for a special session to possibly approve bids for a high school remodeling project for Project Lead the Way.

The next regular school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. June 3 at the district office.