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Arrow points toward learning at summer camp

Lowell — Summer learning looked a lot like having fun outside for students at Arrows Learning Camp recently.

The camp, which focuses on reading and math, brings together students to maintain and develop their skills all summer long and prepare them to return to the classroom. About 120 students met at Alto and Cherry Creek elementary schools.

“The goal of summer programming is meant to allow students to have fun while learning,” said math coordinator Carmen Tawney.

That happens naturally during outdoor games that require math skills such as numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, and geometry like Ladderball, Yardzee, Farkle and Corn Hole. “These games have a lot of math concepts that the students do not recognize they are learning,” she said.

The district also offers Math on the Move, a summer camp for students transitioning to middle school in sixth grade which includes math and STEM components.

From left, support staff member Barb Vogel, first-graders Mica Carlton, Grace Zachwieja, Thea Callihan, Reagan Marcus, Ezra Johnson, Vivian Pnazek and instructor Heidi Munson explore the reading theme of confidence
From left, instructor Dave Strejc, helps sixth-graders Margaret Colley and Lilia Kurzhals work with Legos in the fraction lab
From left, Kristin Parsons, math interventionist, watches fourth-graders Preston Juarez and Tommy Stanton play dice

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Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.


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