Every summer, thousands of migrant workers come to our area to work in the fields. Many bring their families with them. If they live in Colquitt County, their children are eligible for a summer school program.
Close to 500 students from all over Colquitt County have been attending the migrant summer school in Moultrie since the beginning of June. Teachers say helping these children learn is worth giving up part of their summer break.
In the eyes of these migrant children, summer school in Moultrie is nothing but fun, but these games are education in disguise. A second-grade class has spent the whole month learning about weather, reading, keeping journals and working on scientific projects.
"It's kind of a hands-on learning thing like we've done experiments with the tornadoes and water spouts, even though we do that during the regular school year there's more of a focus on the academic-type things then," says Darlene Reynolds, a migrant school teacher.
The class is one of thirty that are offered during the summer school in order to participate students' families have to move once every three years across county lines to do farm work.
Classes are held at the Sunset School in Moultrie for migrant students from ages three all the way up to eighth grade. Each grade level learns about different topics; some are learning about nutrition, some are learning about the human body.