Middle School Summer Program Combines Learning and Fun
This summer, a number of students in Plainville enjoyed a variety of educational and enrichment activities as part of the After School Program's Summer Program. The program ran July 6 - August 13, from 9:00 AM â€" 1:00 PM each day. The Summer Program is an extension of the After School Program, which runs from September through June at the middle school for Plainville students entering grades five through eight.
"During the school year, the After School Program extends the school day for students, providing them with additional academic time, and enrichment opportunities as well," Program Coordinator Kelli Wallace explained. "The goal of the Summer Program is to do the same - - to extend the school year and provide academic and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer so that students are better prepared for school in September."
Students enrolled in the Summer Program participated in three different modules each day which included an academic, enrichment and recreation activity. Enrichment classes offered include: Kite Making, Math Madness, Environmental Club, Hip Hop Dance, Cooking, Guitar Lessons, Current Events, Percussion, Creative Writing, Jewelry Making, English Extravaganza, and more. Students were provided with a healthy snack, and a refillable water bottle in order to remain hydrated throughout the warm summer months. During the Environmental Club class, students built an Eco-system under the direction of instructor Terri Schaffer. As part of the "hands on" project, the students researched and gathered the components necessary to create the Eco-system, while learning about science and the environment.
Shalina Mancarella, who will be entering sixth grade at the Middle School of Plainville in September explained, "At first I wasn't sure if I would like the Summer Program, but as soon as I took my first class, I really liked it. The Hip â€" Hop Dance class was my favorite, because we learned new dance moves."
Ben Ricks, who is new to the Plainville School system, will begin eighth grade in September. "The Summer Program was fun. I met some new people, made friends and also got to spend time at the middle school before school starts this year," he said.
The Summer Program is generously funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education, The United Way, and Gnazzo's Food Center. For additional information about the Summer Program or the After School Program, please contact Program Coordinator, Kelli Wallace at (860) 793-3250 x1608.
-Posted on August 23, 2010 at 03:30 PM
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