Summer Camp Enriches LearningWritten by Beatriz Reyna
Summer camps are all about having fun and focus on a skill like volleyball, soccer, or learning to survive the great outdoors.
But what about learning math and reading?
Well in Lexington, about 600 students are housed in their elementary schools where they not only learn life-saving skills but academics too.
“It makes your brain work a little harder,” says Leilany Diaz, 3rd Grade.
“It's really awesome because you get to different stuff,” says Keith Allen, 3rd Grade.
That different stuff includes, technology, art, reading, math and swimming.
“Sometimes people drown and you need to learn how to swim,” says Leilany Diaz.
Lexington Public School officials started the program three years ago.
“Typically what we see from the spring to the fall is a decrease and so what this program has allowed us to do is students are able to maintain those skills so that in the fall they are in a better position academically,” says Julie Myers, Morton Elementary Principal.
University of Nebraska Kearney student intern Bryson Mahlberg believes the program not only helps shape the kids' future.
“They get to do more game type situations, more hands on opportunities where the kids aren't so worried about testing and they are not worried about bringing homework back they just get to come and learn in a fun environment,” says Bryson Mahlberg, UNK Student Intern.
But his as well.
“This opportunity by having my own classroom is going to put me leaps and bounds ahead of where I would be if I wasn't doing this,” says Mahlberg.
The student enrichment program will last through the entire month of July.
“It is gratifying as a teacher when you see kids who are not able to spell a word at the beginning of the week and they spell it perfectly at the end of the week that's why you go into teaching,” says Mahlberg.