Fifty-five Marnie Simons Elementary School students have an opportunity to attend Summer Enrichment Camp for the next six weeks.
The program, which is open to first- through eighth-grade students, also features bus transportation and free breakfast and lunch for attendees.
This is the second year the school has offered Summer Enrichment Camp, but the first that the program has been partly funded by the 21st Century Grant, according to Julia Shull, 21st Century/after school club coordinator at the school.
“The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to after-school and summer programs,” said Shull.
“Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students,” she said. “The 21st CCLC Grant supports our afterschool and summer enrichment program, both 100 percent free to our students.”
The camp will focus on reading and math, team-building, and leadership skills, said Shull.
“We will have art, cheer camp, a writing workshop, outdoor adventures, and field trips,” she added.
Starting today (June 16), students will have an opportunity to help out on the school farm with painting and other projects, said Dr. Mike Wells, Hamburg CSD superintendent.
Students who attend 80 percent or more of the program and meet their summer Accelerated Reader (AR) goal are eligible to participate in the field trips and the camp overnight, which is scheduled for Friday, July 28, in the gym, according to Shull.
The overnight will feature games, glow-in-the-dark basketball, a movie, and a human version of Hungry Hungry Hippos, said Shull. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
The main goal of the program is to close the summer math and reading achievement gap kids lose in the summer months, said Shull.
“It has been proven kids that do not attend summer school lose two months of reading and math progress,” she said.
“Summer Enrichment Camp is also offered to support our students and our community—it gives the kids something fun to do in the summer and supports working parents that may not be able to afford or find appropriate care for their kids,” said Shull.