The first classes begin Aug. 26 at Caston and Pioneer. Permission slips will be going out to students this week to be signed and returned in order for students to attend WRE classes.
Leach said the board envisions the WRE program to be supporting what is already happening in the classroom and bringing it to a biblical standpoint and encouraging morals.
The program includes history, reading, writing, drawing and character building, Leach said. The release time has proven to be beneficial, she added.
“One of the big issues we’ve heard from time to time is the academic scores need to be up, yet at the same time, studies are finding students participating in the time release program aren’t missing out,” Leach said. “They haven’t showed decreased test scores.”
The WRE program is voluntary and supplies and materials are provided free of cost. In the second semester, fourth graders who attend the program receive a New Testament.
There is a WRE fundraiser coming up Sept. 25 at McHale Complex at Riverside Park. The Hap’s chicken bash will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. and tickets are $8.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 8 and under. For more information, email Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com.
If you go: WHAT: Weekday Religious Education Hap's chicken bash WHEN: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 WHERE: McHale Complex at Riverside Park COST: $8.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 8 and under. INFO: Tickets are available from Steve Farrer at 574-643-9472 or Joyce Leach at 574-753-4596 or 574-870-1640