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Camp Casey Summer Program 2019

By Dana Harmon, 21st CCLC Director

Learning has continued this summer at Adair County Primary Center. For the entire month of June, the 21st CCLC and Family Resource Center at Adair County Primary Center has hosted the Camp Casey Summer Program. Research shows that students lose about 2 months of math skills and 2 months of reading skills during the summer break from school.

Over the course of their elementary education this adds up to the point that by the time a child reaches middle school they may be 2 to 3 years behind. It's important to continue reading, practicing skills and continuing to learn during school breaks to prevent the "summer slide".

We are fortunate that our school has a 21st CCLC grant and wonderful partners to provide continued learning opportunities in out of school time.


Seventy seven students from ACPC who have completed Kindergarten through 2nd grade have participated in summer learning fun. Academic, enrichment and recreational activities have been led by a fantastic staff of teachers from ACPC that included, Tonya Feese, Laura Keltner, Tanya Richard, Lisa Hayes, Tabitha Giles, Gayle West, Christina Burton, Jennifer Perkins and Chad Myers.

While reading and math have been the primary focus, students have also done hands-on science, social studies, art and physical activity. All with weekly themes of, Bugs, Birds and Animals; Oceans, Rivers and Lakes; Stars and Planets and Weather and Seasons.

We have had many community partners bring in exciting lessons to build on what has been taught in the classrooms. Nick Roy, from the UK Cooperative Extension Service brought a lesson on the life cycle of butterflies and Roger Firkins from the Green River Animal Shelter brought some furry friends to share with students during our first week.

During our second week of camp, Jessica Lee and Larry Lemmon, from the US Army Corps of Engineers brought lessons and crafts on lakes, rivers and water safety. Audrey Price from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority talked with students about how it's never too early to start planning for their future and Chris Mason with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife shared some exciting artifacts and other items that demonstrated the rich diversity of our local environment.

Week three began with a visit from local meteorologist, Daniel Wilson and WBKO Weather Center's, Shane Holinde. Both of these visitors brought a wealth of information on weather and loads of patience, as our young students had MANY questions. During the final week of the Camp Casey Summer Program, we were visited by Richard Gelderman from Western Kentucky University, who shared a movie called, Max Goes to the Moon. The next day, Tim Knauer from the University of Kentucky Observatory brought a lesson on the phases of the Moon. To wrap up the final week, the Bank of Columbia Ice Cream Truck visited with cool treats for everyone.

Our program was enriched greatly this summer by partnering with the Adair County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, Lee Ann Jessee and Aleina Milligan. They not only provided our students with reading logs, books and prizes, but also shared weekly assemblies with us at our school. Week one we had the Kentucky Reptile Zoo here with all kinds of reptiles. Week two we had Brad Reynolds, with Real Science to bring all sorts of critters and teach the kids a little about each one. Mr. Reynolds brings a camera and projector that he uses to show up close details and characteristics of the different specimens in his collection. Then our very own Storyteller, Darlene Campbell entertained everyone in attendance with her talents of bringing a story to life. Last, but not least, Jason Lindsey's Hooked on Science was here the last week of camp to provide hands-on science experiments for students and parents alike.

During the four week camp students also went on field trips to the Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery and Education Center and to the Western Kentucky University Hardin Planetarium.

I would like to thank Paula Garrison, with Family Resource Center for ALL she does to make our camp possible each summer. Many thanks to Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholar, Kennedy Selbe, who volunteered her time to help us out daily with the many behind the scenes tasks that must be completed to keep the program running smoothly. Lisa Petty, Annette Rowe and Debra Burchett, for feeding us so good, the custodians, Randall Sneed, Trish Janes and Gary Powell for their patience and working around us, and of course, Front Office wonder woman, Reba Cowan. Assistants, Shanna Foster and Jennifer Moss for loving what they do so much they want to do it in the summer too, Pam Phipps for being willing to help out wherever necessary, our administrators and support at Central Office and last but not least, our outstanding transportation professionals, Kay Turner, John Speers, Jerry Powell, Sharon Irvin and Sandra Denton. Thanks for getting our kids safely to us and back home each day! It's been a very busy, but very rewarding summer for all!


This story was posted on 2019-06-27 16:20:18
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Camp Casey: Learning about weather



2019-06-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Dana Harmon.
ACPC Camp Casey summer participants with WBKO Weather Center's Shane Holinde.

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Camp Casey: Bravery on display



2019-06-27 - Jamestown, KY - Photo by Dana Harmon.
Jaxton McQueary petting a snake at the Wolf Creek Education Center, while Griff Powell, Hallie Folden and Elaine Cook look on in awe of his bravery!

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Camp Casey: Hooked on Science



2019-06-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Dana Harmon.
Adair County Public Librarian, Lee Ann Jessee with Nicole Daniel, Makayla Miller, Kylie Sinclair, Hazel Brehm, Londyn Patterson, Jayden High and Ian Cross working at a Hooked On Science station.

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Camp Casey at Wolf Creek National Education Center



2019-06-27 - Jamestown, KY - Photo by Dana Harmon.
L to R, Natalie Daniel, Ashtyn Stotts, Hazel Brehm, Nicole Daniel, Mason, Rowe, Kayden Wilkerson at the Wolf Creek National Education Center.

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Camp Casey: Painting with Salt



2019-06-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Dana Harmon.
Kinley Popplewell painting a picture using salt.

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