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'eLearning Olympics' Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.LCCC President Sam Watkins says it’s an extension of the school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative, which has partnered JCPS with several community sites to provide two online programs called Success Maker and Study Island. Those two programs help students develop certain skills like math and reading through interactive platforms. eLearning Olympics will use those programs, but then offer recognition—including medals—for participation and completing certain tasks.Watkins says his organization is over a third of the way to its $600,000 goal, which will provide funding for the first few sites.“We expect a significant expansion but we’re starting off with the six sites to help those sites develop as well as encourage people to help their children to access the program at home," Watkins says.Watkins says he’s still waiting to complete contracts with participating sites before announcing where they’ll be located. Click here to find an Every 1 Learns or Learning Place site.