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Fun Day held at Southeast STEM Summer Camp

While the summer program for kindergarten through fourth grade students at Southeast Elementary School has already concluded for the summer, the students taking part in the STEM summer camp at Southeast High School are wrapping up this week.  The 5th through 12th graders are having their Final Destination Fun Day on July 23.

Parents who wonder what their students have been doing all summer have been invited to come see for themselves.  The Fun Day a science info board competition, CO2 car races, and elephant toothpaste, egg drop and candy/pop demonstrations.

There will also be several fun – and messy – games and competitions, including a watermelon seed spitting competition, egg toss, water ball badminton, water balloon volleyball and a paint war.

Organizers say end of summer awards will also be presented.  Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring a sack lunch, and students participating in the day’s events should dress appropriately – wear old clothes that can be stained, as well as bring a pair of clothes to change into.

The Final Destination STEM summer camp for 6th through 12th graders ends with a special field trip this Friday for those who have attended throughout the summer.

Earlier this month the Kansas Reading Roadmap summer program at Southeast Elementary School concluded with their own competitions…

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At the beginning of summer the kindergarten through fourth grade students were divided up into teams and they held their own day of competitions – the highlight being a relay obstacle course.

After some fancy footwork through some Hula-hoops, they dove through a cardboard box tunnel, hurdled a series of swimming pool “noodles”, had to touch every cone scattered around, grab a bean bag and sprint back to tag their teammate.  Plus, they had to carry a football the entire time, adding a little more difficulty than anyone expected.

The kids finished a summer of building with LEGOS, touring local museums, playing with “shark toothpaste”, and lots of games.

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For LEGO education, students were broken up into groups, each with an older student who led-mentored two or three younger students.  Each group worked on LEGO projects of their choice, and when they were finished they presented it to everyone.

The Southeast students visited the McCune-Osage Township Library, which just finished some renovations to its museum.

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“They thought he (Roy Parsons) had some pretty cool stuff in his museum,” “I think they all would have liked to make a rope on his rope machine.”

The Southeast KRR program is funded through a grant from the state and targets students in need, but if there is space is opened up to other students as well.

“This program provides new books and interventions that assist readers in maintaining their reading skills so they don’t lose those skills over the summer,” said Jan Wydick, the coordinator of the Southeast KRR program.  “It gives the struggling students additional interventions on the curriculum area that they are struggling in.  It is also a lower ratio of teacher to student so their issues can be addressed more directly.  The program also provides free meals during the summer that the kids might otherwise do without, and it helps build their character toward becoming future model citizens.”

Last summer the kids kept the Weir city park clean.  This summer, since students from all four communities now go to a single elementary school, Wydick decided to do something on the school’s campus instead.  With the help of the Southeast Civil Air Patrol, the kids put in a small garden.

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“We thought this year we would make a difference on our own home turf,” said Wydick.  “This project gave them something to work as a new unit and have pride in their new school.”

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The Final Destination STEM summer camp for 6th-12th grade students is funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grants.

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