In July 2 Issue
Russell County Schools Family Resource Centers, 21st Century Community Learning Center and Lake Cumberland Health Department Summer Day Camp have worked together to bring local children summer camp since 2004, said Susan Melton.
She said that because of this unique relationship and past student successes Russell County Schools are one of only 10 state wide summer programs invited to participate in the Johns Hopkins educational research program. Russell County Schools' Summer Day Camp has been selected as a "model" program for learning.
Melton said that the purpose of the program is not only to provide a safe environment while parents are at work but to increase academic learning during the summer months.
She explained that research proves students who have a break from the traditional school setting for an extended period of time lose a percentage of academic skills attained during the school year.
"Our program provides that bridge to maintain and increase academic skills," Melton said.
June 24, 2009 at the Russell County Schools Auditorium / Natatorium Complex, participants put on a program to a crowd of over 100 parents, grandparents, friends and special guests from Johns Hopkins University and Frankfort.
Following their NASA theme and using technology, science and math, the 78 students researched and created the solar system, using themselves as planets; created a moon habitat and entertained the audience with a performance of "Inter-planet Janet" (an old Schoolhouse Rock Classic) to tell the story of our solar system.
Melton said this program could not be without the support of parents, community partners and volunteers.
She added that the teachers and staff wanted to say "thank you" to the partners, community leaders and volunteers:
Dale Holder-retired chemistry teacher from RCHS
Shirley Roberson-Russell County Health Department
June Branscum-Branscum's Fruit Market
Julie Beckman-Russell County Extension Office
Margie Hernadez-Russell County Extension Office
Eddie Thomas-Thomas Sports Printing
J.P. Harris- NASA
Jill White-Community Action
Destiny Burton-Russell County Diabetes Education
Volunteers: Jade Brumley and Zack Carney
Bonnie Kerns and Judy Bernard-School Nutrition Services
Teachers: Lisa Tarter, David Miller, Julissa Carney, Megan Blakey, Rachel Johnson, Sara Heathman
For information on the program contact:
Jan Brumley and Phil Carney-Family Resource Center Coordinators 866-3586 or 343-2056
Susan Melton-21st CCLC Project Director 270-866-6300 or 270-343-3191.