Expanding Horizons summer camp registration now open



After receiving a $90,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Blount County Education Foundation now has three years of funding for Expanding Horizons, a program that provides summer library access and camp opportunities for students in all grades. Registration for the program is now open.

“This generous grant from the foundation has secured this program through 2015 and will make sure our students have a variety of summer learning activities,” said Mitchie Neel, executive director for the Blount County Education Foundation. “We are able to make long term plans for camps and library access, and the large size of the grant allowed us to more than double the camp opportunities offered this year.”

The grant money will be split over a three-year period – $30,000 each year through 2015.

Camps this year include art, gardening, math, ACT prep, music, science, law, journalism, photography, and many more. A special camp featured this year will be a high school theater camp. The camp is the only program that has a fee, $10. The director of the theater camp, Roy Hudson, was named the 2009 Teacher of the Year and is currently the director of the drama department at Troy University.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Hudson leading the Theater Camp,” Neel said. “He is well known for his work with high school students in the performing arts, and, in fact, a former student recently played the lead in a Broadway musical and another was nominated for a Grammy this year.”

The theater camp will be June 10 – 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at J.B. Pennington High School. Theater camp faculty includes Julia Simpson, musical theatre dance; Lisa Coleman, musical theatre voice; and Matthew von Redlich, stage combat.

Other camp locations are scattered throughout the county including the Blount County Career Technical Center, the courthouse, and several schools.

School libraries in the county will also host programs throughout the summer and will be open at designated times.

Appalachian High will be open July 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for “Let’s Take a Walk on the Wild Side.”

Cleveland Elementary will be open June 4, 18, and 25, as well as, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for “Things that go BUMP in the night.”

Cleveland High will be open June 11, 18, and 25, as well as July 2, 9, and 16, from 10 a.m. until noon for “The Inside Scoop.”

Hayden Primary will be June 5 – July 31 on Wednesday, except for the week of July 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, for “Habitats! You live…where?”

Hayden Elementary will be open June 4 – July 30 on Tuesdays, except the week of July 4, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for “Book Sharing! Book Clubs! Summer Learning!”

Hayden High will be open June 5 – July 31 on Wednesdays, except for the week of July 4, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for “Get Real #readabook #everybodyisdoingIT #summer2013.”

Locust Fork Elementary will be open May 29, June 5, and 26, as well as, July 3, 10, and 17, from 9 a.m. until Southeastern School students review Expanding Horizon camp opportunities on blountboe.net. Pictured are, Alyssa Lambert (seated); (standing, from left to right) Ben Barron, Elana Lambert, and Collin Blankenship. noon for “Animal Discovery.”

Locust Fork High will be open June 5 – July 31 on Wednesdays, except for the week of July 4, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. for “Real Life: Stranger than Fiction.”

Southeastern High will be open June 4 – July 23 on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for “Splash Into Reading!”

Susan Moore Elementary will be open on Tuesdays, June 4, 11, and 18, as well as, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9:30 a.m. until noon for “Interesting, Icky, Insane, Info: 4 I’s of Information Texts.”

Students interested in participating in Expanding Horizons can complete the paper form or can go online to www.blountboe.net to register and view the summer program information. All camps, except the theater camp, are free to any Blount County students but they must register beforehand.