When GECDSB students write their traditional September essay, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", more than 740 of them will describe the things they did in school. For 3 weeks in July they got up each weekday morning and headed off, just as they did the previous 10 months, to more teachers, books and classrooms.
The GECDSB's annual Summer Learning Program has reading and writing - they do math and science just like the rest of year, but it's more summer camp than summer school. The learning is gained through enjoyable, engaging activities each morning, led, in most cases, by the students rather than the teachers. The campers have a great deal of choice in what they do each day. That can include reading, building structures and playing games. That's one reason it's call Camp Wonder.
Some extra funding for the program this year allowed for the purchase of Lego Robotics kits and the hiring of 16 robotics instructors which has proved to be a very popular activity at every SLP site. As well, 3 additional English as a Second Language educators have been added to work with small groups of students and to develop specific parent engagement opportunities to acquaint newcomers with the resources available in the community such as the United Way, libraries and our Parenting and Family Literacy centres.
Afternoons are spent swimming or playing sports at St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and various other community recreation facilities. The participation of a number of generous partners supports Camp Wonder, enhancing the experience for students. United Way, Nature Fresh Farms and Jumpstart Canada are all involved in helping us make it a wonderful and memorable summer learning opportunity.