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Roanoke City summer learning program seeing growth in second year

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Thousands of kids in Roanoke to begin summer learning program today. Thousands of kids in Roanoke to begin summer learning program today.
Thousands of students in Roanoke City will return to the classroom today for the start of the district's summer enrichment program.

This is only the second year of the RCPS+ program and already the district is seeing growing enrollment.

Last year, 2,300 students participated.

This year, 3,200 kids are enrolled.

It's estimated this summer's program will cost close to $2 million.

Superintendent Rita Bishop says the program is worth the price tag.

"It's an investment in Roanoke and the region because we cannot continue to have the unemployment. 76% of our kids require free and reduced lunch. That has to end and I will always believe education is the way to end that," says Bishop.

RCPS+ is open to kids currently in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Classes begin today.
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