GCS Expands Summer Learning with Ignite Summer Camp
April 8, 2019 – Interested in coding, crafting or Chinese? What about juggling, theatre or personal finance? Each of these subjects and dozens more will be offered during Guilford County Schools’ Ignite Summer Camp, a new opportunity to keep kids engaged and learning during the summer.
Ignite Summer Camp combines some elements traditionally provided by GCS during the summer, including Summer Arts Institute, Academic All-Stars Camp and Read to Achieve literacy instruction, and brings them under one umbrella in two locations – Ragsdale High in Jamestown and Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point. Camp begins June 17 and ends August 12, and parents can register for a variety of offerings each week through the summer.
Students can choose classes that interest them, including a major and a minor. Students who are invited to attend for specific activities such as Read to Achieve can add enrichment classes in the afternoon to allow for a full day of learning and fun. Transportation is provided and most activities are free, with an exception for some of the arts-based programs. GCS is using available funding for summer programming as well as state dollars granted for Read to Achieve.
“It is so important to keep our students active and learning over the summer, but it’s also important for them to have fun,” says Nathan Street, GCS director of fine arts. “We are very excited to broaden our summer opportunities, expand our hours and make it easier for families to get involved.”
The camp will be all day, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with most classes complete by 3:30 p.m. for students who will be riding the bus home at that time. Parents can pick up their children as late as 6 p.m. if they choose not to take the afternoon bus. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.