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Migrant students are giving up their free time to hit the books this summer.

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District's Migrant Summer School involves about
128 students from Ernest Righetti, Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley high schools. The young learners
are participating to recover credits for graduation and meet four-year university requirements.

The specialized classes and program is earmarked for students that relocated within the last three
years due to employment ties with the agricultural and fishing industries. The program, which is
completely federally funded, wraps up July 9.

Peter Haws, Director of English Learner/Migrant Education Programs, said the educational experience
provides a "tremendous" opportunity for all.

"The students often face difficult circumstances because they attend schools where the curriculum
is different,'' Haws said. “Some classes are not offered where they move and this really can make
it tough for them to graduate on time.''

About a dozen staff members provide morning and early afternoon sessions for 9th through
12th grade students at the old Lincoln Prep Academy next to SMHS. The summer program kicked off
June 11.

The seven classes include Biology, Earth Science, Modern World History, English 1, CAHSEE English
prep, English Language Development and Algebra 1. The program also involves a newly adopted English
Language Development (ELD) course designed to help students who don't speak English in their homes.
It utilizes Read 180 and System 44 curriculum.

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