By Sarah Raymond
Photos provided by Ashley Crook
Even though summer vacation is here, Lynchburg Elementary School has still provided plenty of fun for this year’s Summer Camp. A state-funded project for rising first through eighth graders, this camp serves as a way to make learning typical school subjects such as reading and math an interactive, hands-on experience where kids can use their imaginations. After all, why should learning not be fun?
When people can associate knowledge with wonderful memories, that knowledge becomes a treasure. Summer Camp Director Ashley Crook and the rest of the staff have made certain that these kids will have an abundance of great memories. The camp lasted from June 7 to June 30 and took place during normal school hours. The school provided free breakfasts and lunches to students during that time, and for the curriculum, the teachers took advantage of material they already had by teaching from sections that they were not able to use during the regular school year for one reason or another.
The camping atmosphere of the event has allowed kids to reap the benefits of education without the stress that is often associated with school. The daily schedule consists of four hours of reading and math, one hour of physical activity, one hour of intervention time where teachers work one-on-one with students to give them the extra care they need, and one hour of hands-on projects with the librarian. In their time at camp, the kids made Viking shields, gum drop towers, and paper Grecian urns. A special project that the kids were excited to do consisted of making cards. These cards are intended for patients at the nursing home, first responders, courthouse staff, and school staff as a way of giving back to the community.
The teachers, of course, have plenty of crafts for the kids to do, but they also have another fun way of encouraging participation. According to Crook, “We have a themed Dress-Up Day every day of camp. This could be how we motivate attendance and participation across our variety of grade levels. Everyone enjoys having the opportunity to dress up every day.”
Over 100 kids and 12 classroom teachers participated in this year’s camp, with an average of 12 students per class, and Crook hopes that the state will allow them to repeat the camp in the future. The family-like atmosphere of the area has created an event that students and teachers alike love to attend.