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Summer program provides outlet for area youths

Published 8:08pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A new program at Councill Middle School is giving area students a place to learn and have fun during the summer months.

A free summer program is currently underway at Councill Middle School for students ages 10 through 15 years old from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday ending June 27.

Program director Renatta Rives said the summer program and to provide an educational and safe place for children.

Councill Middle School teacher BeLinda Siggers-Whaley, left, works with Shona Reed, center, and Chastidy Langley on the base of what will be a paper-mache tiger mascot during Wednesday’s summer program at Councill. | Robert Hudson
Councill Middle School teacher BeLinda Siggers-Whaley, left, works with Shona Reed, center, and Chastidy Langley on the base of what will be a paper-mache tiger mascot during Wednesday’s summer program at Councill. | Robert Hudson

“This particular program is totally new. I wrote a grant a couple of months ago, and this is the fruition of that grant. It’s for low-income families in particular and children who are at risk and need a little more help with their academics,” Rives said. “We have a lot of children in our school that need assistance and their parents can’t afford a program for them during the summer. We want to provide a service for our community.”

Rives said the program does not earn students credit for classes, but it will still provide educational activities for free.

“It is not a credit-based summer school program. It’s a safe place for children to go during the summer. Students receive breakfast through our food program and they have a free lunch,” Rives said. “There are no hidden costs at all.”

Rives said there will be some remediation and computer skills for students who attend, as well as a freshwater ecology field trip Friday to Lake Martin for a water quality test activity.

“We are particularly focusing on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which is a book study that the elementary school is doing and the middle school is doing,” Rives said. “Even though we’re not reading the book, we are reviewing those seven habits. We do skits, plays, arts and crafts, and we’re going to go on a field trip.”

To register, students simply show up to Councill and fill out a brief registration form during the time of the program.

For more information contact Rives at 256-825-2846.

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