School begins for some kids at KIPP Sumner Elementary in Camden, New Jersey

CAMDEN, NJ (WPVI) — It’s only mid-August, but it’s the first week of school at the new KIPP Sumner Elementary School. Sumner is the fifth KIPP school in Camden, New Jersey.

“I really like school, so I’m looking forward to school,” said Ahzuri Williams, a third grader.

Principal Ken Calemmo said staff have been busy welcoming students through second grade to the kindergarten.

In the future, the school will be expanded to include third and fourth grade.

“Our teachers have spent the last three weeks developing professionally, practicing routines, setting up their classrooms, preparing for kids, and it shows,” Calemmo said.

The school district closed the former Charles Sumner Elementary School at the end of the 2017 school year. KIPP bought the building and renovated it.

Around 100 students are currently enrolled. The majority of the children come from the surrounding districts, but some also come from outside the catchment area.

Many children look forward to the things they will learn and the friendships they will make.

“I’m looking forward to having lots of fun and making new friends,” said fourth-grader Natalia Irizarry.

“In 5th grade, I want to learn exponents, powers of numbers, because I don’t really know that yet,” added Mateo Irizarry.

“It’s been a tough two years as a student and this year we’re really trying to get back to some normality here at school, really bring back the fun and joy of elementary school,” Calemmo said.

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