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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007

Falkville schools offering youth adventure camps

By Tiffeny Hurtado · 340-2440

Parents, are you tired of your children lying around the house this summer?

Instead of watching television and playing video games, they could have fun learning in a safe environment.

The Falkville Community Learning Center has organized a series of adventure camps for children who are enrolled in Falkville schools in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Children can learn about nature, build a robot, create a new invention, or discover what’s under the sea.

The adventure camps began June 4 with enrichment camp and will continue with a different theme each week through July 27.

The center says the purpose of the adventure camp program is to assist working families, increase family involvement in the school and promote academic achievement for students.

Use of grant funds

Falkville’s elementary and high school principals, Hank Summerford and Sue Wood, and Dewain Clemons, the Morgan County community education coordinator, organized the summer camps with a $300,000 21st century grant.

The grant provides $100,000 a year for three years for the schools. Summerford said that Falkville is the first school in the county to receive this grant.

Last week’s enrichment camp allowed children to participate in the school’s gifted program, branching out from the traditional curriculum and learning about diverse subjects.

They also played educational games in the computer lab that tested their reading, math and typing skills.

As part of the camp, they also had to put together a PowerPoint presentation.

Riley Carroll, a 5-year-old pre-kindergartner, created one that had 30 slides.

“Parents have been really pleased with this, and the kids are having a ball,” Summerford said.

He also said that since last week’s registration, many parents have called the school and signed up their children for each week.

“The robotics and nature camps seem to be the most popular,” he said.

Breakfast and lunch are provided to those who attend, and the camp lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students are expected to attend at least three days per week for half of the day.

The program is bringing in outside help to contribute to each camp week.

Future camp themes

Encore Sports Enhancement Center in Hartselle will be leading the health and fitness camp that’s being offered June 11-15.

DreamWeavers Theatre Group from the Princess Theatre will be assisting in drama camp June 18-22.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame will be leading camp invention July 9-13.

The state champion robotics team from Priceville will be on hand to lead the robotics camp July 17-20.

The Falkville Elementary science department will lead the nature camp June 25-29, and the school’s library will host Camp Read-a-Lot July 2-6.

Interested in adventure?

Parents interested in registering their child in one of the Falkville Adventure Summer camps can call Falkville Elementary office at 784-5249. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly fee is $35.

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