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Migrant students from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District have been given a boost this summer.

The district's first migrant summer school involved 9th through 12th grade students that relocated within the last three years due to employment ties with the agricultural and fishing industries.The specialized classes started June 11 and will finish up July 10 at the Learning Center on Lincoln Street.

More than 150 students from Santa Maria, Ernest Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta High Schools are participating in the program. The focus is on the value of improving English and academic skills with individualized instruction in small group settings.

The morning and afternoon classes allow SMJUHSD migrant students to make up high school credits and learn about four-year university requirements.

"Many students now have a vision of what they can do and why educational pursuits are so important,'' said Peter Haws, SMJUHSD Director of English Learner/Migrant Education Programs.

SMJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson said every student deserves recognition for devoting the extra time to make the most of their education.

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