Camp gives students fun, educational way to spend summer months
Despite the especially long school year, students at Mustang Round-Up Academy, a Livingston County Schools 21st Century Community Learning Center, came in for 20 days in June still eager and excited to learn.
Tina Scheer, MRA site coordinator, and assistant site coordinator Pam Whetstone divide the students’ day into four focus areas: physical fitness; science, engineering, and math; technology; and a creative outlet called Imagination Station.
Many varied activities have sharpened MRA students’ academic abilities. They have completed various tasks, like charting their physical activity using pedometers and built team-building skills in such games as volleyball, soccer, four-square, and capture the flag.
The activities MRA teachers Janet Quertermous and Traci Goss, with the aid of college students Jerica Gilbert and Courtney Duncan, have designed for their students have had the same underlying focus: independence to promote life-long learning. With this idea in mind, MRA teachers assisted students in creating house plans before actually constructing a house from Legos. To make a mathematic connection, students measured the area and square footage of the structure. Extending the cross curriculum even further, students made an eco-ball with fish as they studied ecosystems.
Students also made pinball machines, cars from Kinects to study force and motion, homemade ice cream to see the different states of matter, and paper bridges while analyzing the old Ledbetter bridge. Similarly, students have also taken time out of every day to engage in reading, either to oneself or in a small group.
Academic achievement isn’t MRA’s only concern, however. The staff at Mustang Round-Up Academy has focused on life skills, like respect, taking responsibility, manners, and even cleaning up after oneself.