Spark campers pose for a photo without a dull smile in sight.

Spark: A premier summer camp with something for everyone

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Spark Summer Camp and After School Program is quickly asserting themselves as a premier summer camp in Delaware. The camp, formerly a massive karate studio, allows hundreds of energetic children to play their favorite field day games, explore their creative minds, and even learn STEM.  Patrick Preece, a karate master who was already running a summer karate camp, realized that …

Appo will be giving away free school supplies at their Aug. 6 event.

Appo family fun festival, school supply giveaway Aug. 6

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Appoquinimink School District is calling on all parents and children to attend its Aug. 6 Family Day festival. The event will include food, music, face painting, games and giveaways — and it’s completely free for Appo families.  The day of fun will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Louis L. Redding Middle School, located at 201 New …

Delaware received over $600 million in ESSER funds.

Here’s how $600M in COVID education money was spent 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

First State Educate, a local education advocacy group, held a webinar Tuesday to outline where COVID-19 relief money went. Relief funds were spent on learning loss, educational technology, building and mental health.  “As we come through, and hopefully out of the COVID-19 pandemic learning loss and recovery, not just academic, but social emotional recovery is a grave concern of mine,” …

Christina, along with a few other districts, have partnered with Giant Food Stores in an effort to eliminate food insecurity.

Christina School District partners with Giant to fight hunger

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Christina School District has partnered with Giant Food Stores to help combat food insecurity this summer.  “Round up for Christina” is an initiative that encourages people to do just that when they check out at the register. If a customer’s grocery tab comes out to $56.40, for example, a prompt will appear on the pinpad asking if they want to …

Smryna's new superintendent, Dr. Susan Brown.

‘​​Be bold, be authentic, be kind’ says new Smyrna superintendent

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

After spending more than three decades in a district of nearly 40,000 students, Dr. Susan Brown is moving on to her next professional endeavor as the new superintendent of Smyrna School District. “I did not get here alone,” Brown said. “I’ve had many people who had confidence in my abilities to both lead and treat other people exceptionally.”  The entirety …

At Tuesday's webinar, key officials will discuss where the nearly $640,000,000 in ESSER funds were distributed throughout Delaware's schools.

Webinar to focus on where COVID education money went

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

First State Educate will host a school funding webinar Tuesday to discuss where the hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 education relief funds went.  The federal government allocated $122 billion amongst the states in K-12 pandemic funds, and First State Educate wants the community to know where the money is going. Delaware received a total of $637,239,246 across three …

LYTE celebrated its 5th graduating class at Howard High.

LYTE celebrates its fifth class, 100% graduation rate

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Families and friends packed the historic Howard High School auditorium in Wilmington Friday to watch this year’s Leading Youth Through Empowerment scholars graduate from the five-year program. Leading Youth Through Empowerment, referred to as LYTE, is an organization aimed at increasing educational access for low-income students through personal mentoring, rigorous lessons, and leadership opportunities.  Students enroll during seventh grade and …

Delaware's Freedom Schools are likely to continue growing in upcoming years.

Freedom Schools likely to stay after successful first year

Jarek Rutz Delaware Live, Education, Headlines

Fifty at-risk students, 25 from Capital and 25 from Caesar Rodney school districts, are continuing their schooling into the summer months, courtesy of newly implemented Freedom Schools. Sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, there are five key aspects of the freedom schools:  High-quality academic and character-building enrichment Parent and family involvement Civic engagement and social action Intergenerational servant leadership development …

Teenagers at DelTech's science camp examine hair follicles to determine the fake killer.

‘Find the Killer’ in DelTech’s science camps

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Here’s one way to keep the attention of a class of teenage campers: designate one of them as a “killer” and the rest as prime suspects and make the class figure out whodunnit. That was the assignment this week in a Delaware Technical Community College summer science camp, which plays on the popularity of television’s many crime shows that focus …

Brandywine, Christina, and Red Clay will all vote on whether to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative at their August school board meetings.

Brandywine board divided on joining Learning Collaborative

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

The Brandywine School District Board is divided on whether or not to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.  At its meeting Monday night, several members of the board expressed concern about finances and obligations.  The board announced it is continuing to negotiate with the governor’s office, that it will hold a town hall before its Aug. 15 meeting, during which it …