Getting a kick out of summerPublished 12:00pm Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ACPR day camp gives children educational opportunities
“One. Two. Three. Kiyah! Kiyah!”
Such were the sounds from the Sportplex gym Monday as children in the summer camp program learned defensive karate tactics from Anthony Flowers with United Arts Training Center.
“They have been so kind to open their doors and either come here or let us go there,” said Tammy Lumpkin, director of the ACPR day camp. “If the children see that they like karate, then this could be a promotion for the martial arts, too. So it’s a win-win situation.”
Lumpkin said ACPR has tried to give the children a number of experiences this summer – from meeting Mayor Charles Shaw to touring the Lake Martin Dam and the animal shelter.
“We take them to the pool, bowling, skating and the movies,” Lumpkin said.
This week the children are rotating among different activities – puppet shows, arts and crafts and a Sarrell Dental program, in addition to the karate lessons. Today they are on a field trip to Blue Bell Ice Cream in Sylacauga.
“It’s fun for them. They enjoy it,” Lumpkin said. “It keeps them active. Not only are these field trips educational, they are also very active. I wanted to entwine being active and educational things.”
Lumpkin said about 100 children, kindergarten through sixth grade are registered for the day camp this summer, and she is thrilled to have so many community partners on board to provide unique experiences for the campers.
“We’ve gone to LakeWinds Golf Course and Russell Lands Stables,” Lumpkin said. “The community has been so kind – they’ve opened their doors up. We went to the fire station and police station. Shelby over at the waste plant has been so kind to give us a water tour. I just wanted the community to be involved.”