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June 2, 2015
A note from B.A.S.E Camp ExecutiveDirector Seth Kelley
It was a misty day. We went on a field trip to Barnes and Noble. The kids were told that they could choose any book that was $5. They were beside themselves with excitement. The staff were excited to get new books as well.
As I was searching for a keeper, my eyes caught the fanciful art depiction of a fox. On closer inspection I noticed that it was the novelization of "What Does the Fox Say?". Without delay I gathered the children who had already made their selections into a reading group. As I started to read, the children began to notice that the book was based on the hit song. Before too long, we were all performing.
When the dust settled, we had a few things to cover. For example, what is morse code, or what sound does a fox really make?
The time came for us to leave so we said our farewells to the Barnes and Noble ladies and hopped on our bus. The song stayed with us for the rest of the day.
This is just one example of engagement and connection to learning. As Executive Director of B.A.S.E. Camp, I feel it is more important that children do not lose the love of learning and the art of exploration. We believe that if we provide opportunities for academic growth and discovery children will be better prepared to tackle summer slide.
It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Our summer program integrates several methods of learning, whether it's through movement, socializing, or through science and art projects.
We often receive comments from parents like: “Thanks for the effort to help make sure my child is read to or reading every day. I was excited that my child did not experience a drop in their reading level this year,” and, “My child really enjoyed all of the activities provided this summer.” Because of the positive feedback, we are excited for the opportunity to bring these activities to children again this summer.
We have an exciting and enriching program planned for this summer. Our staff have planned fun and exciting activities that will help the kids keep skills sharp and help to reduce summer slide. We have reading built into our program daily in many different forms, as well as exploration opportunities available all summer long to meet child's curiosities and interests.
United Way unites people and organizations to change lives and strengthen our community. It is because of our partners including B.A.S.E Camp, Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, Kids' Cafe, Generation Now, Partners Mentoring Youth, CSU - Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Loveland Public Library, and Larimer County Department of Youth and Family Services,and their efforts to tackle the summer slide while providing quality care that kids are more likely to have a future filled with promise and opportunity.
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