Close to 200 children in the Corinth School District continue to acquire valuable knowledge during their summer vacation. The district's Summer Fun Camp is enabling CES students to increase their knowledge through 35 different camps, involving Science, Music, the Arts and Physical Education.
CES is in the fourth of a six-week program made possible by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant of the U.S. Department of Education.
"People have been calling daily to sign up," said camp director Jennifer Dickerson.
New this year is the chance for students to attend more than one camp a day. Three different time slots have been set up, allowing children to get in more than one activity in a day. Hours have also been extended with the program now running from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for those selecting to go the full day camp route.
"They can choose a full day or select specific camps," added Dickerson.
Around 100 campers arrive each day on three buses while others are dropped off by a parent or guardian. Breakfast and lunch are provided free as well as an afternoon snack through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Feeding Program.
On Wednesday, youngsters were busy learning how to play the ukulele, piano and even take photographs. Classes covering karate, engineering, how to make a hair bow, sewing along with Spanish for Fun and Create a Habitat have also been on tap during the four weeks. Some youngsters even got a chance to learn how to build a campfire in the Surviving the Great Outdoors class.
Camps available over the final two weeks include Cooking for Boys and From Trash to Treasure.
"We have also had a lot of sports activities," said Dickerson.
The summer camps were provided to Corinth students entering the first through sixth grades. Some camps were also open to seventh and eighth graders.