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BCPS Awarded $250,000 Grant from Helios Education Foundation to Support Summer 2021 Learning

June 22, 2021

BCPS Awarded $250,000 Grant from Helios Education Foundation

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Summer 2021 experience for the District’s youngest learners is getting a boost, thanks to a grant from Helios Education Foundation. The Foundation awarded BCPS $250,000 to help ensure students who just completed kindergarten are prepared to be successful when they begin first grade in the 2021/22 school year.

The grant is supporting a reading acceleration initiative for kindergarten students in the District’s summer program at five sites, including Challenger Elementary School, Driftwood Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School, Stirling Elementary School and Tradewinds Elementary School. Each of these schools is serving as a feeder site, welcoming their students and students who attend other District schools during the regular school year.

During the six-week program, the students participate in four hours of intensive reading and writing instruction each school day. They also enjoy debate, music and art activities. The reading acceleration initiative aims to mitigate the summer slide, when students tend to lose some of the achievement gains made during the school year, as well as the impact of learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCPS partnered with Scholastic to develop the reading acceleration pilot program and curriculum. As the students enter first grade, they will continue to be monitored for their academic progress and growth.

The District’s Summer 2021 learning experience began on Monday, June 21, and runs through July 29. To learn more about the educational opportunities available for students in pre-K through 12th grade, visit

For more information on Helios Education Foundation, visit





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Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity and Partnership.  Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education. In Arizona, where Latino students comprise a large proportion of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students - especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities - for success.  Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is helping first-generation, minority, and underrepresented students from the state's large population centers of South Florida, Central Florida, and Tampa Bay achieve a postsecondary education. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $261 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about Helios Education Foundation, visit