Extraordinary People: Teacher keeps kids learning during summer months

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Many parents try to find some way to keep kids learning throughout the summer months. 

At School 17 in Rochester, the students have the opportunity to visit a private school and continue their learning for free. 

Every summer Lindsey Brown is reunited with her students. The kids in the Summer LEAP program spend six weeks with Brown and her staff -- learning and growing as individuals.

"Personally, I have my dream job," said Lindsey Brown, executive director of Summer LEAP at Allendale Columbia School. "My goal isn't that they have a successful six week summer. My goal is that they re-frame who they are as students and they walk back into school ready to succeed and ready to learn."

"She'll come down to the classroom," said Summer LEAP teacher Randee Crenshaw. "She'll sit with us for a while. She's got an awesome curriculum. She's given the kids the feeling it's less like school and more like family."

Brown's hands-on approach is working. Teachers at School 17 report that the students she works with are successful in the classroom. For those families who couldn't usually afford this, the program is life changing. 

"An environment like this and you're able to come for free," said Crenshaw.  "I'm sure many parents are especially grateful for this that they get to give their children an opportunity they may not have been able to afford."

"I will cry tears of joy because I will see the impact that we've had on not just students, but families," said Brown. "I will see the academic gains they've made, the friendships they've made, and the growth in my faculty and staff in terms of reaching their teaching potential."

The program continues to expand every year and by the summer of 2021 it will serve 135 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.


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