Camp Sachem is entering its third year this summer and they plan on expanding the program in 2011.
Children choose two enrichment classes they would like to take and additionally receive music, arts and crafts, computers, and a project adventure class everyday. This is the first summer they are offering a music class and the directors look forward to its success.
“The program gives students memorable hands-on educational experiences,” said Leslie Routh, the director of Sachem’s summer enrichment program. “Students are learning new things all day and applying the skills they learned during the school year in a real world setting. Literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts and technology are integrated in each activity, students just don't realize it.”
Due to popular demand, this year they decided to include students entering seventh grade.
Students build and launch rockets, can be a part of the Sachem Heat newspaper staff, make and fly kites, learn to cook and make candy, build with Legos, and work with technology.
“There is nothing better than to see kids laughing and having fun while learning hands on,” said Jill Rattinger, a teacher in the summer program.
The seventh grade selection includes a robotics class, drama, and a safety class where students will be certified in CPR.
“Summer Enrichment is a program that allows students to bring their creativity to a whole new level,” said Melissa Landro, another teacher in the program. “This hands-on camp is an amazing experience that makes both children and teachers look forward to the summer.”
The program runs from July 5-15 and July 19-29 with days that go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It's held at Tamarac Elementary School.
"The Sachem Enrichment Camp is a great camp for all elementary students,” said lead counselor Liz Hall. “The staff is wonderful and nice. They put so much effort into the camp to make it a great experience for the students. The kids are always excited to start their day at camp.”
They will be having a parent information session at Samoset Middle School on June 8 in the library for those with questions regarding the new seventh grade classes.