The benefits of the enrichment program will carry through for years.
There were howls of protest earlier this year when parents and students mistakenly thought the new RCPS+ summer enrichment program would be mandatory. But once information about the initiative got out, thousands of hands flew up to volunteer for participation.
About 2,700 students will benefit from classes that begin June 17. Each one is testament to Superintendent Rita Bishop’s recognition that summertime instruction in reading and math is essential for academic progress, not a nice-to-have educational frill.
Enrollment exceeded expectations by 700, but the overflow will be accommodated within the $1 million budget for the program this year. There are lingering questions about how to fund the program into the future, but the enthusiastic response should send a strong message to school board and city council members that RCPS+ is already being embraced as a core component of the public school system.