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2017-05-17 / Front Page

Expanding Horizons: Summer camps and library programs

by Cheryl Helton

“Summer 2017!!!! The camps are planned! Registration is now OPEN!!!” is the message Mitchie Neel, executive director of the Blount County Education Foundation wants everyone to know.

“All you have to do is be interested, sign up, and come,” said Neel.

As the current school year winds down, 42 summer camps, 12 summer library and enrichment programs, and one six-week program will provide additional learning experiences and help keep students academically connected throughout the summer.

Presented by the Blount County Education Foundation and the Blount County Board of Education (BCBOE), and because of the generosity of summer program partners, these fun and educational camps are offered free of charge to any Blount County student. They will be held throughout every community.

Music, theater, wildlife, painting, beekeeping, cooking, social media, and leadership are just a few of the meaningful camps that will be offered throughout the county. Students may attend more than one camp. If camp is tied around breakfast or lunch times, meals will also be provided free of charge.

In addition to the summer camps, the county elementary schools and several high schools will be conducting weeklong library/enrichment programs offering reading, math, and numerous enrichment activities. Susan Moore will again offer a six-week, daily “Dreamcatchers” program.

Neel said, “Kids that stay connected during the summer do better academically. We can show at the end of the next year that the students do better in math and reading.”

For more information or to register, contact the BCBOE at 625-4102 or visit online at www.blountboe.net.

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