The creators of a summer reading program in West Akron have walloped their enrollment projections.

The Leap Frog program, launched by former Akron Councilman Ernie Tarle and state Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Akron, has begun testing 103 elementary students, assessing literacy levels so students can be grouped for tutoring this summer. Tarle plans to use the test scores to prove the program’s worth.

“These benchmark scores will help us demonstrate our reading gains when compared to our post-test results in five weeks,” Tarle wrote in an email this week to Akron School Board President Lisa Mansfield.

The program provides training for parents as well as students. Tarle touts “crazy new techniques ... including our rap ABC’s and phonics!”

Tutoring begins in early July.

Tarle was unavailable for comment Friday.

He had previously told the Beacon Journal that the program is not a money-maker, though 73 students above the projected 30-student enrollment has the potential to bring in $14,600 (at $200 private-pay per student), on top of more than $5,000 in donations and goods he and Milkovich have collected from area business and philanthropists.

Tarle made another appeal to the Akron School Board this week to use old textbooks, which the school district would normally sell at auction.

Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com.