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A Summer Filled With Enrichment

Garden City students in grades kindergarten through nine kept their minds and bodies moving this summer, thanks in part to the SCOPE Summer Enrichment Program that was held at Garden City Middle School.

The program enrolled 680 students, providing exploration in myriad disciplines through 30 different, 90-minute, two-week courses offered over two sessions throughout July. Younger grade-level students enjoyed courses such as Fantastic Fitness; Music, Movement and More; and Primary STEAM. Youngsters entering kindergarten this fall benefited from Get Ready, Get Set, Kindergarten, an orientation involving storytime, arts and crafts, creative play and other activities that introduced children to school.

For intermediate grade-level students (2-6), the Crazy Scientists course offered many “aha” moments, including the opportunity for students to build and launch rockets. Edible Science is yet another exploratory course in which students learned about the layers of the Earth by making gummy worm farms and even creating edible slime. There were also plenty of coding, engineering and STEAM courses offered, as well as courses in cooking, sports and theater, including the chance to make a commercial in Lights, Camera, Action!

Similar, more age-appropriate courses were held for middle school students. Upcycling Art, a course for the intermediate and middle grades, taught participants to recycle while creating cool, usable projects from reusable, renewable materials. A middle school makerspace class allowed students to design, build and problem-solve by making circuits, simple pneumatic machines and more.

In addition to the wide range of enriching courses offered to K-9 students, 197 middle and high school students had the opportunity to serve as counselors for the program. Forty of the 51 adult summer enrichment staff members were either Garden City School District staff members or community members, providing many familiar and friendly faces for students to work with on a daily basis.

“We are happy to offer a rich array of experiences to such a wide age range of students in the district,” said Dan Seid, director for the SCOPE Summer Enrichment Program in Garden City, who also teaches in the district during the school year. “Whether it’s building engineering skills through STEAM and design classes, building strength through recreational activities or building confidence and cultivating their talent through the performing arts, students throughout Garden City are making productive use of their time this summer and having a lot of fun along the way.”