Spotlight on Putnam County Schools LEAPs Program Fall 2017

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cynthia Putman welcomes special guest Brenda Hughett, extended learning coordinator for the Putnam County School System to talk about the partnership between WCTE and the LEAPs program.

Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, Putman and Hughett have collaborated to host a Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science camp, a Family Creative Learning Workshop centered around PBS KIDSScratchJr, and a Family Focus Group for researchers who are collecting data about the success of the Ready To Learn program.

LEAPs, which stands for Lottery Education Afterschool Programs, is supported by funds that are left over when people do not pick up their lottery winnings. The students are selected to participate in the LEAPs before and after school program based on several criteria:

  • Economic disadvantages
  • At risk of academic failure
  • English language learners
  • Children who are in state custody or foster care
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Emotional or social needs

Hughett describes how the LEAPs program focuses on the individual needs of the school where the program is held, as well as the individual needs of the students who attend that school.

Activities in the before and after school program vary from yoga, art, music, health & wellbeing, coding, ELA & math enrichment, and tutoring. Hughett stresses that she and her LEAPs staff are committed to meeting the performance goals set by the State of Tennessee to increase reading and math scores for students grades K-8.

According to its official website, the Putnam County School System strives to “educate students and to assist them in realizing their full potential as responsible, productive, contributing members of society by providing an educational environment in which students are challenged, excellence is expected and differences are valued. 

Hughett and Putman are excited to be receiving training for new PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Workshops that will focus on Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That and Ruff Ruffman. These sessions will be held in the Winter 2018 at Northeast Elementary School and will be open to LEAPs students and their families. 

Each elementary and middle school in Putnam County has a LEAPs site coordinator and if you'd like more information about this program, please check with your child's school. 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.