Spotlight on Campers' Adventures at Summer LEAPs Camp 2018

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What happens when you share WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show with four Putnam County Schools System LEAPs Campers? Lots of laughter, fun, giggles, and plenty of great stories too! On this week's radio show, join host Cynthia Putman with special guests Gaspar, Katelyn, Gianna, and Bobby as they share more about the great adventures from weeks 1 & 2 of LEAPs camp! 

One of the highlights of the camp was the time spent at Cummins Falls State Park, where students got to experience nature in a really fun and up-close way! They learned from the rangers and explored many aspects of this amazing natural area in our own backyard. 

Another stop for the campers was Amazing Acres where they enjoyed learning about what it's like to be a farmer, and even got to pick their own berries to eat.

From there it was on to the Putnam County Public Libary for some STEM activities and lots of reading fun. They took a break from the heat by ducking into a cool movie theater for a matinee show of Paddington 2, which was good for lots of laughs with that most loveable bear.

Camp adventures also included Painting with the Art Jam plus learning about recycling with Ms. Lisa and Ms.Shannon from the Clean Commission and Solid Waste Deptartment. These kiddos are going to certainly consider and care for their environment a bit differently after all these wonderful experiences. 

Finally, they really put on their thinking caps with Ruff Ruffman's Sensational Science Camp

Some other favorite moments include eating yummy marmalade and scones like Paddington, who taught the kids their favorite quote from the film: 

"If you are kind and polite, the world be will right." 

Did you know that there's a very real thing called "the summer slide" when students, especially those from low-income families, lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year?

According to Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, "Summer is the most unequal time in America...We pour enormous amounts of resources in children learning but much of that investment stops in the summer months.”

LEAPs camp is just one of the ways that WCTE is working with Putnam County Schools System and other organizations to help kids avoid the summer slide. 

PBS Parents has tips for encouraging summer reading, which can help kids avoid the summer slide. You can also try these simple tips for summer math learning. Don't want kids to feel like they are in summer school? Try to sneak in summer learning with these 5 simple tips! 

Or maybe you want to explore some fun summer science projects. Beat the brain drain by putting all these amazing free resources to good use! 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.

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