Camp Rocket at Adair County Primary Center blasted off into summer on June 4th. This academic summer program for students who have completed Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade at ACPC has taken months of planning by 21st CCLC Director, Dana Harmon and Family Resource Center Coordinator, Paula Garrison. The purpose of Camp Rocket is to prevent learning losses in math and reading during the summer break; plus have some fun while doing it. Students will be given pre and post assessments in reading, math and science to measure their growth from participating in Camp Rocket.
Camp Rocket is open 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday throughout the month of June. Forty-five student participants are divided by grade level and certified teachers deliver 3 hours of themed reading and math in a fun, hands on learning environment each morning. Staff are paid for through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Our outstanding educators for summer are: Julie Cowan, Lisa Hayes, Tabitha Giles, Jennifer Perkins, Pam Phipps and Samantha Rich. Our secretary/receptionist is Reba Cowan. Instructional Assistants, Shanna Foster and Jennifer Moss provided by Special Education Director, Anita Goode. Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Scholar, Maddie McCormack is volunteering her summer to serve with our program as well. Students receive a free hot breakfast and lunch daily, as well as an afternoon snack. Those meals are provided through Adair County Food Service and the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
The afternoons are filled with Community Partner Lessons, Special Assemblies, Field Trips, hands-on STEM lessons and physical activity for a full seven and one half hour day of academics and enrichment.
Camp Rocket is a great summer learning program that would not be possible without the coming together of our community to provide a memorable summer experience for Adair County students.
Community partner lessons provided by: Adair County Public Library’s Lee Ann Jessee, brings a lesson on friendship and the importance of reading. KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Chris Mason, brings his collection of animal artifacts. KHEAA representive Audrey Price talks about College and Career Readiness. KY Corp of Engineers, Jessica Lee will talk on wildlife safety. Abe Cross from Lindsey Wilson College will bring a water safety lesson. Jennifer St. Andrew, Aundria McQueary and Jennifer Blair from Adanta will bring a lesson on personal safety. Cumberland Family Medical will be bringing Scrubby Bear for a lesson in handwashing and then on another day, Mr. Molar will be sharing a lesson in dental hygiene. Paul Smith, local volunteer and retired United States Marine will bring his slides from his African Safari and a collection of special sea shells he’s collected in his travels. UK Cooperative Extension, Kelli Bonifer and Tony Rose will bring lessons on Sun Safety and Rockets, respectively. The Bank of Columbia will bring their Ice Cream Truck for a cool treat on the last day of camp.
On Tuesday afternoons, the Adair County Public Library is providing special programs, Animal Tales, LLC, Barry Mitchell, Illusionist, Readers’ Rock and Ion Jones and the Castle of Chemistry. The Library is also providing prizes and books for reading rewards. The Family Resource Center and United Way provide daily STEM activity materials, Mr. Science Guy, Brad Reynolds with his world of reptiles and Abe Lincoln, also known as Larry Elliott, historical interpretive actor. Inflatables provided by Family Resource Center will provide physical activity and fun on the last day of camp. Transportation for field trips to Pyles Family Farms, Adair County Recycling Center, Parkway Recycling and Adair County Public Library are provided by 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Special thanks to: Pyles Family Farms for allowing us to visit their farm, Adair County Judge Executive, Mike Stephens and Deputy Judge, Andrea Waggener for welcoming us to the Adair County Recycling Center. To Parkway Demolition and Recycling for a demonstration of how the cardboard we recycle is baled and prepared for transport. Aleina Milligan and Lee Ann Jessee at the Adair County Public Library for sharing with us everything our library has to offer.
We are fortunate to have the support of the Adair County School District, who provide us space and support for our program. Adair County Food Service Director, Carol Roy who secures funding for meals and lines up a great staff to prepare them for students. Last but not least the awesome custodial staff at ACPC, who work around our camp to get the building ready for another school year.
If you have questions or comments, please contact Dana Harmon or Paula Garrison at ACPC 270-384-3367 or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.