Spotlight on Putnam County School LEAPS Camp & Summer Feeding Program

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Kids at LEAPS Camp enjoy fruit treats that look like Cat in the Hat

WCTE is proud to partner with local organizations in the Upper Cumberland that are making a difference in the lives of children and families. One important partner of ours is the Putnam County School System. This week on our Get Ready To Learn radio show, Cindy Putman speaks with some school system representatives about the various initiatives they are engaged in, to give back and improve the lives of our area students.

Brenda Hughett, Putnam County School Systems LEAPS program coordinator and Kathlyn Walter joined Cindy to discuss the success of PCSS LEAPS Camp and the Putnam County Schools summer free feeding program. 

First up, Kathlyn Walter, Program Supervisor for Food Services at the Putnam County School System. 

Said Kathlyn, "We believe strongly in our mission to "Feed the Children" a student friendly, nutritious meal in a pleasant, safe, sanitary environment.

The School Nutrition Team has more than 150 full and part-time employees located at the Star Center and within each of the schools. Each school kitchen has its own unique identity, but is still a part of the School Nutrition team and follows the same menu, standards, policies and procedures.

PCSS food services is a self-funded department, using only federal funds, grants, and monies generated from the sale of school meals and catering to provide a nutritious, low cost school lunch and breakfast to Putnam County students. The department operates much like a food service business with established annual goals and strategic plans.

Walker went on to say "We pride ourselves on food safety, and each of our managers have attended nationally recognized food safety and nutrition trainings. We hope to encourage all staff to pursue further School Nutrition related training." 

Putnam County Food Service will be offering free summer meals to any person 18 or under from May 23-July 22 (Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted). You do not have to sign up, just come to one of the following sites: 

[View schedule & locations by clicking below] Icon PCSS Summer Feeding Program 2016 (43.4 KB)  

Walter says the summer programs give students the opportunity to have a healthy breakfast and lunch daily over 1600 students across Putnam County are utilizing the free summer feeding program.

Another great way that WCTE is working with the Putnam County School System is through LEAPS Camp. Our Get Ready To Learn radio guest was Brenda Hughett, Coordinator for the Extended Learning Programs. 

Over 180 children were able to enjoy to 3 weeks of Summer learning at LEAPS camp to help stop the summer slide. While the children were at LEAPS camp they were given a hot breakfast and a hot lunch daily.

The LEAPS program is a completely free before & after school program offered by the Putnam County School System at all of the 19 schools in the county.

At camp, students receive tutoring help, academic enrichment, violin and cello lessons, CROSSFIT  fitness programs, cooking classes, art classes and got to explore the great content and programming created by PBS Kids in a coding class featuring Scratch Jr

The partnership between PCSS and WCTE also gave students the opportunity to attend an ODD Squad You Be The Agent Camp. Each day the students participated in problem-solving activities using math and reasoning skills. The Odd Squad campers were assigned a special problem solving Mission each day by Ms. O.

The campers learned about attributes all shapes and how the world around us is filled with shapes that represent rectangles, circles, squares and triangles. 

On the last day of camp, each student received an Odd Squad t-shirt and Odd Squad bag and their own very special Odd Squad badge.

During LEAPS Camp the students enjoyed fresh fruits daily and had the opportunity to sample pineapple, strawberries, pears, bananas, and their favorite, plums.


Just for Kids: ODD SQUAD

Check out episodes of ODD SQUAD airing on PBS KIDS through June, and play along at home with ODD SQUAD: Blob Chase App. In Blob Chase, kids can have fun practicing core math skills throughout each of the 75 levels of games. Kids (5-8) help to recover the blobs by using gadgets to add, subtract, halve or double passageways throughout Odd Squad headquarters or in spooky Blobsylvania. Download the app here

ODD Squad is the first live action program from the Fred Rogers Company since Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Learn more about this great show by clicking here. 


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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