WHEN SCHOOL DOESN’T STOP
Fifth-block students forgo month of summer vacation to continue studies and make gains in classes
BY Adam Goldstein, Staff writer, Aurora Sentinel
For the second year in a row, Dezzy Wells decided to give up a good chunk of her summer vacation. Shortly after Wells, 16, finished her sophomore year at Rangeview High School in May, she reported to the nearly empty school for the Aurora Public Schools’ Fifth Block program, an initiative that connects about one out of ten students districtwide with an additional 23 days of instruction. Wells, who spoke during a literacy class toward the end of nearly four weeks of additional classes, didn’t seem bothered by the fact that she was in school while most of her peers were on break. Instead, she seemed relieved.