Union R-XI

Parents and students can expect cash cards from Union R-XI’s Summer Journey session sometime early next week, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Hayes said Thursday, July 20.

A shipping error by the company who provides the Summer Journey schools their cash cards has delayed their arrival. The cards originally were shipped Wednesday, July 19, and expected to arrive as early as Friday, July 21, but were returned to the company Thursday, July 27.

Union students who attended the summer session earned the cash cards by maintaining perfect, or near perfect attendance throughout the summer session.

Students with perfect attendance will, eventually, receive a $100 cash card, a $75 cash card for missing no more than one day, and a $50 card for missing only two days.

The school district told parents they could expect their cash cards around July 21, but a Catapult Learning representative said the cash cards are not officially late until after July 31.

Hayes said parents began calling in earlier this week, complaining about the missing cards. He said the district understands the frustration and will work with parents to remedy the situation. The district itself released a statement Thursday morning on the delay of the cards.

“The Union R-XI School District would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our students,” the statement read. “We truly appreciate their dedication for attending the Summer Journey program, and want them to know that we apologize for the delay in receiving their well-earned incentive.”

Central Elementary Principal Leslie Lause said she hopes the cash card delays do not cloud the good that came from the summer season.

“I love the fact that we were able to provide a safe place for kids to come and learn where we could engage with them,” she said. “ I feel like there is a little bit of a cloud over it. That’s the part that kills me the most because they were having a blast when they were here.”

Lause made a Facebook post on Central Elementary’s page to address parents’ concerns about the missing cards. She said she understands why some parents are frustrated.

“Most of it’s frustration and I understand it as a parent, children can be impatient,” she said. “I feel for parents. I know a lot of them were hoping to have the money pretty quickly. As a parent, it’s hard to watch your kids be disappointed day after day.”

Hayes said he was assured the cash cards would be mailed by Catapult Learning Saturday, July 22, and hoped the cards would arrive by early next week. He also hopes the shipping error doesn’t dampen the experience students had over the summer.