Byline: Kari Allen Daily Herald Staff Writer
Fourth-grader Alexis Flores leaves Kingsley Elementary School with a weight off her shoulders: Her homework is already done.
Alexis is one of 12 students in Kingsley's after-school Study Skills Academy. The program gives some fourth- and fifth-graders extra help to improve their study habits and complete their assignments.
The Naperville Education Foundation gave grants to each of Naperville Unit District 203's elementary schools to be used for similar programs. And the SBC Foundation - the philanthropic arm of SBC Illinois - recently gave the district a $15,000 grant toward the program.
"I'm just delighted," said Valerie Bruggeman, director of external affairs for SBC Illinois, stressing the importance of education. "These are individuals we could eventually be hiring within our company."
The Study Skills Academy has helped students this school year, say educators at Kingsley.
Teachers have said participating students improved spelling test scores and are studying more often and completing their assignments, said Cathy Koziol, an enrichment assistant who supervises the program at Kingsley.
"I feel like it helps their self-esteem," Koziol said. …