Summer programs keep kids active and learning

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

Funded by the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation and the Gulf County Workforce Board, kids in the program have access to science labs where they learn about marine life, a 15-station computer lab that helps reinforce math skills and allows students to stay updated on current events in the community. Kids also have “quiet time” for an hour and a half each day where they are encouraged to read.

Kids also attend a weekly art class with Leslie Wentzell of the Artery, and a basketball camp run by Pete Smith, a professional player in the European League.

“It’s an awesome summer program,” said White, now in her second year as a coordinator. “The kids have fun, but they’re also learning.”

Quinn, a physical education teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary, has been involved from the start and has enjoyed fostering an educational environment that ensures kids will be ready for school when it resumes in the fall.

“It gives the kids something to look forward to,” he said.

In addition to her staff counselors, White has 20 interns who help with the camp and throughout the community. Local students can apply and go through an interview process in hopes of landing a paid position. These students also receive on-the-job training including telephone etiquette, finances, and interviewing skills.

Students from the University of Auburn are also on-hand and volunteer their time to helping the kids learn.

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