POPLARVILLE – The Wildcat Way to Adventure at Pearl River Community College will give area elementary school students fun summer learning opportunities.
The camps, partially funded by a Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation grant of $8,775, will offer a variety of topics throughout the summer.
“We are so excited to be able to offer these summer day camps to children in our district,” said Brenda Wells, PRCC director of institutional research/director of professional and community development. “We hope to see it grow.”
Details about the camps are being finalized and will be announced in a few weeks. Subjects will include science, math, reading, creative writing/art. Camps will target students in grades three through six and will include healthy snacks, juice and water along with learning through exploration and experimentation. Parents will be responsible for transportation as well as a sack lunch for children attending daylong camps.
“The primary goal of the summer day camps is to provide a safe, fun and challenging camp session that will inspire participating students, create an on-going love of learning and, hopefully, create a bridge to higher learning,” Wells said.
Research has shown that children experience learning loss during the summer, she said. Wells and others involved with planning the camps hope they will reduce that loss.
“This grant will provide an opportunity for students to reinforce their education in the summertime through academic day camps,” said Clyde Dease, president of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. “These camps will provide a safe environment where students can have fun and learn at the same time. The foundation looks forward to partnering with the college to help students improve and retain their education in science, math, reading, socialization and the arts.”
The camps represent a component of PRCC’s misson to provide quality educational opportunities for all who seek them. The Wildcat Way to Adventure name stems from the PRCC motto, “Pride, Respect, Class, Character – The Wildcat Way.”
Clyde Dease, president of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, presents a grant to Brenda Wells and Dr. William Lewis for Pearl River Community College’s Wildcat Way to Adventure summer day camps.
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