WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – There was a big celebration on Friday at Warren G. Harding High School.
The Inspiring Minds Summer Enrichment Program wrapped up with a bang. And it may have been a celebration, but no one was ready to see the Inspiring Minds program come to an end.
“I wish that we could just do it all over again,” 7th grader Chloe Harris said.
She won the MVP award for her hard work in math this summer.
“I am in love with math and this is my favorite subject, so I kind of do it every year and it is really fun for me to do,” Harris said.
One of the goals of the program is to prevent summer learning loss and keep kids from backsliding. But Harris is not just retaining information. She is forging ahead.
“Last year, it was easier math and this year it got harder and harder. So it was educational to me doing stuff I didn’t know yet,” she said.
For older students, the focus is also on the future.
“We have been on different exposure trips, going to different colleges like Purdue University out there in Indiana. We went to Illinois,” sophomore Willie Chatman said.
High school students learn how to apply to college and also practice important professional skills.
“Teaches you how to learn respect and give respect to somebody,” Chatman said.
Organizers said for parents, it is about peace of mind.
“I think parents want some place for their kids. Where it is safe, that they can have a good time. Where they can learn. And they want them to be around people they can trust,” Inspiring Minds founder Deryck Toles said.
The six-week program was free to all 300 students in grades 3 through 12.