(C)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL Jamie Vaughn, Tour Manager for Lysol Healthy Habits bus, oversees an outdoor activity for children enrolled in Cocke County's Save the Children summer program at Edgemont Elementary School.
Friday, July 19, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-07-19 21:52:26)

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT--Did you know that a sneeze can travel at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, that the North American river otter can stay under water for 8 minutes and live up to 21 years in captivity, or that the American Museum of Science and Energy (originally called the American Museum of Atomic Energy) opened in a wartime cafeteria in Oak Ridge in 1949? These are only a few of the facts that students learned while attending the recent "SummerBoost Camp" at Edgemont School.

Following the theme "Around the World in 30 Days," students experienced games, art, music/dances, and food of Africa, Mexico, Australia, and China. The camp focused on comparing the cultures of these "other parts of the world" to the students' own experiences here in the United States.

The interactive summer camp was designed to create a much different environment from regular school. Students enjoyed a day full of integrated, themed programming, while building skills, knowledge, and behaviors that promoted academic success and healthy development. During the morning, students moved through five rotations - guided independent reading practice, read aloud/fluency/vocabulary activities, math instruction, math activities, and healthy choices physical education and nutrition- all aimed at improving academic achievement. Afternoons were devoted to enrichment activities in which students were engaged in hands-on exercises focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and service learning projects.  

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

This story was written and submitted by Kathy Holt, Site Supervisor with the Cocke County Save the Children Program.

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