ESP (Extended School Program) is an after-school program in Elizabethton City Schools serving children from grades Pre-K through 8. This program is funded in part by the 21st CCLC Grant.
The program gives students an opportunity after school and throughout the summer to participate in educational activities and physical exercise. Through partnerships with Coordinated School Health, the Carter County Health Department and other organizations, ESP has been able to offer programs like the Walking Club and events like the Treasure Walk. ESP is always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships within the community to provide stimulating activities and curricula for our students.
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West Side Elementary ESP IS FULL for 2019/2020 School Year!!
All Enrollments for West Side will be placed on a waiting list.
Download: 2019-2020 ESP Elementary Schools Calendar
2019-2020 WELC Calendar
2019-2020 TAD Calendar
Innovative Way of Learning
Harold McCormick Elementary hosts the Extended School Program (ESP) for the Elizabethton City School System. Julia Henderson is the Site Coordinator for the Extended School Program and organizes many exciting afternoon activities for students. A new program introduced last fall was The Walking Classroom. The program offered to 5th-grade students enrolled in ESP, is designed to help the students exercise, listen, and learn all at the same time. The students go to a classroom to pick up the Walk-kit device, which consists of a handset audio device. Then students listen for about 20 minutes to a kid-friendly podcast lesson while walking. After each lesson, students gather as a group to discuss the podcast. A few examples of the pre-recorded lessons consist of topics from language arts, social studies, and science. Studies have shown the program helps students be more engaged, exercise, learn, and stimulate their brains during the walking experience.
Students that participate in The Walking Program during ESP expressed a lot of excitement about the program. Wyatt, a 5th-grade student participant, said, " He loved hearing the birds and nature in the background of the podcast. The walk is fun and not a usual classroom and inspires you to learn." Jaydon Livingston is the teaching assistant that helps lead the group of students. He described how the students enjoy the program. He said, " I think the program is excellent because kids sit still in a classroom most of the day; this helps them learn and have fun all at the same time. Some days we walk in the gym, and during nice weather, we love to walk outside. I usually have thirteen to seventeen kids participate weekly, and all of them enjoy participating in the lesson discussion after the walk."
Another employee of ESP, Jayla Wandell, helped get the program up and going at the beginning of the year. She said the participation is great for the kids. Jayla stated, " The kids love to get involved in the program and engage with other kids to get up and to move around. The program is fun because they are not in a regular classroom setting. I have really enjoyed seeing the kids excited to learn and exercise."
The ESP Site Coordinator Julia is very thankful for the anonymous donor that provided funds to purchase The Walking Classroom Program Kit for the students. The program has been a huge learning opportunity for 5th-grade students.
The Walking Classroom Link