Welcome to the summer of STREAM


Alex Littrell, Emma Reid, and Dylan Littrell, who attend Appalachian High School, display the logo they designed for the BCEF Summer STREAM programs.

Alex Littrell, Emma Reid, and Dylan Littrell, who attend Appalachian High School, display the logo they designed for the BCEF Summer STREAM programs.

Excitement is in the air as 2018 summer camps are quickly approaching. Continuing with the 20-year mission to promote academic excellence in Blount County Schools, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) has set forth some very high standards for this year’s summer camps.

From cooking to robotics, from Broadway to the Locust Fork River, and everything in between, the 28 summer camps located throughout Blount County are perfect for students to have fun while expanding their knowledge of many different topics.

 

 

The summer camp theme for the next few years will be STEM-STEAM-STREAM, which stands for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math. This overall theme will be used throughout the entire program.

There are three types of programs that students can attend this summer:

Academic camps

Pre-registration is needed. To register, go to www.blountboe.net, and click on the summer camp link. Confirmations will be sent to all who register. Camps are open to any student at any school, grade level permitting.

Summer library programs

These programs will be held at the following schools: Appalachian, Blountsville Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Cleveland High School, Hayden Primary School, Hayden Elementary, Locust Fork Elementary, Locust Fork High School, Southeastern, and Susan Moore Elementary. Contact the principal at the school for registration information for library programs.

Susan Moore Dreamcatchers

A six week reading, math, and enrichment program held from June 4 – July 13 at Susan Moore Elementary. Contact the principal to register.

Summer camps offering fun, academic related opportunities are provided to students at no cost thanks to generous donors.

HomeTown Bank is the premier partner with funds from their Midsummer Night’s Run event supporting the summer camps this year. Other grantors include Alabama Power Foundation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Blount County Literacy Council, Cawaco RC & D Council, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, and United Way of Central Alabama.

All of the camps conducted close to meal times will include breakfast or lunch at no cost through the Blount County Board of Education summer feeding program.

BCEF executive director Mitchie Neel said, “It is exciting to emphasize the STEM-STEAM-STREAM concepts through our summer activities. This year’s summer camp logo was designed by Alex Littrell, Emma Reid, and Dylan Littrell, and we are most excited to use this terrific logo designed by students.”

Preparations are being finalized, summer camp slots are filling up fast, and the time to get signed up is now. Questions can be addressed by contacting the Blount County Board of Education at 625-4102.