Hard work brings rewards. That’s what a group of students learned this summer by participating in the Darlington County School District summer reading camp. Over 100 kindergarten through third grade students enjoyed shared reading, read-aloud and writing curriculum as part of a six-week literacy-based camp. Study included science and social studies from the grade above as a means of front–loading content for the first nine weeks of the 2015-16 school year.
The overall program showed that students averaged one-half year growth in the six weeks of camp. To celebrate student success and attendance they were treated to a trip to EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, SC.
Students began their adventure in the lobby of the museum where they were greeted by EDDIE, the world's largest child. The exhibit is a 40-foot and 17.5-ton model made of reinforced, molded plastic large enough for adults and children to climb in and through. Students scrambled through his brain, heart and body taking an interactive journey through the anatomy.
Campers were excited to run around and visit the hands-on exhibits. One camper exclaimed, “This is amazing. I wish school was like this.”
In World of Work, a kid-sized city, campers learned what it’s like to be a farmer, firefighter, store manager, mechanic, scientist and builder. The exhibit teaches the importance of hard work in a variety of jobs. Over the summer campers worked hard in their jobs as students and were delighted to enjoy the benefits a job well done.