Summer program includes both learning and fun

The school year is winding down and the 21st Century Summer Program is ramping up.

The program is back for its second year in Warren County School District.

“The goal of the summer program is to help students retain the skills that they learned this year in addition to learning something new through the fine arts enrichment and having fun with the physical education activities,” 21st Century Grant Program Manager Patrick Mulligan said.

The district has openings for about 100 students at two locations – Youngsville Elementary Middle School and Warren Area Elementary Center – who are entering grades three through six.

The session begins Monday, June 10, and runs every Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, until Tuesday, July 2.

The program is free and materials, daily hot lunch, and transportation from designated bus stops are provided.

Students are asked to wear sneakers every day.

“Each day students are going to have opportunities to work with various learning activities and learning stations,” Mulligan said. “There will be a lot of hands-on activities. They will also have fine arts enrichment and time for physical education activities every day.”

Weather permitting, some activities will be held outside.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 5. “Parents who would like to register their students can contact me at the Warren County School District central office,” Mulligan said. That number is 723-6900.

There were 86 students involved in the program in 2012.

“We still have many spots open,” Mulligan said. “The first year went very well. We still see room for growth.”

“We’re hoping students who are interested in the summer program will also feed into the fall after-school program,” he said.

That program runs after school to 6 p.m. every Monday through Thursday during the school year.

Program costs are paid by a 21st Century Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.