Summer Fun with Migrant Students
By Madeline Potter
This year’s summer camp hosted by the Clark County Migrant Education Program was a blast for students and grown-ups alike. Throughout our 3 week program, students learned about ‘’Latino Contributions to the United States.’’ As part of our summer camp, we went on several field trips and had various unique visitors.
Through our partnership with the Clark County Public Library, Mrs. Wendy O’Conner treated our students to a Story Hour every Monday. Also, through the Clark County Library, our students attended an animal show hosted by Coyote Chris. The students loved petting and learning about Coyote Chris’ unique animals such as a coatimundi, boa constrictor, tree frog, and owl. In term of physical fitness, our students loved doing Zumba with Ms. Dawn Reid of Believe and Achieve Fitness once a week. As part of The Kentucky State Parks grant, we took our students on a tour of Fort Boonesborough and played miniature golf at the campground. Mrs. Amanda Houtz, a professional cake decorator, visited us to decorate cupcakes and cookies with all of our students. We even had a visit from Senator Ralph Alvarado. His speech and presence inspired our students to be ambitious and work hard to accomplish their goals. We took all of the students on a field trip to Winchester’s local art spot ‘’Created by You’’ to decorate pottery. Ms. Sara Escobedo, a professional artist, visited to discuss art with our students. Our older students visited the Clark County BCTC campus and ‘’Mi Pueblo’’ the local Latino Store and Mexican Restaurant located here in Winchester on Main Street owned by Mr. Mario and Mrs. Julia Hernandez. Lastly, on the final day of camp, we all went on a field trip to the YMCA pool and had a pizza party.
In addition to camps hosted by our local program, we were able to send several students to the annual Clark County 4-H camp, Career Craze at Maysville Community College, University of Kentucky (UK) STEM Camp, Instructional Access Computer Camp at Eastern Kentucky University, and a Career Readiness Camp at UK as well.
When we were not on field trips or speaking with interesting guests, we had many educational and fun activities as well, including: making homemade ice cream, constructing piñatas, holding a play, having potluck of Latino foods, growing a garden, flying kites, and much more!
In addition to all of our fun trips and visitors, we were very fortunate to have had various volunteers including parents, Ms. Becky Denton, Ms. Ashley Wells, Ms. Karen Garcia, and Ms. Crystal Rodriguez. The Clark County Migrant Education wants to thank everyone who attended our camp and all of the wonderful people who helped us along the way. We are looking forward to seeing our students again in summer 2016.