Demopolis schools host enrichment camps

Published 5:32 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer enrichment camps continue at Westside Elementary School. This week, students are taking part in “Sidewalk Science” as well as photography and arts and crafts.

The enrichment camps are five camps taking place at Westside throughout the month of June. Last week, students took part in an art camp. The week of June 15-19, students from kindergarten through 12th grade will take part in a theater camp from 8 a.m. to noon daily at Demopolis High School with the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast,” and on the week of June 22-26, there will be a cheerleader camp, basketball camp and computer camp from 8 a.m. to noon daily at U.S. Jones Elementary School.

Except for the week with the Missoula Children’s Theater, the camps are for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The cost for each camp is $30 except for next week’s Missoula Children’s Theater camp, which is free. To sign up for the camps, call Westside Elementary at 289-0377.

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The Missoula Children’s Theater will work with the students and teach them the parts and help them through an actual play production.

Elsie Collins and Carolyn Moore are directing the enrichment camps this month. They have coordinated instructors and assistants to go along with each of the eight camps. Demopolis High School science teacher Deborah Boykin is an instructor with the “Sidewalk Science” camp this week, while second-grade teacher Annette Gwin is leading the arts and crafts and photography camps.

“We’re just teaching the basics of photography,” Gwin said. “Then, we’re going to do a scrapbook page with the pictures that they take this week. I teach them to take their time to look through the camera — don’t just go snapping — and see what they’ve got.

“We’re also doing arts and crafts, where they use their hands and coordination to make their designs. It’s strictly fun!”

“We’re building kites and making solar beads,” Boykin said. “We’re going to make ice cream this week, and we’re going to make homemade pizzas, where we make the crust and everything.

“We’ll work with acids, like vinegar, and bases, like baking soda. We’re making papier-mache insects with the different parts of the body.”

The enrichment camps being offered by the Demopolis City Schools system are open to students from any school system. It’s not just a way to have fun and meet new friends, but a way to continue learning — even in summertime.