Special to the Press
BRISTOL- Bristol Public Schools are running an elementary school summer enrichment program so kids can fill their summer with fun, interactive activities in various unusual topics.
The program will run through July 28. The first class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the second runs from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Any student can attend, regardless of where they go to school during the school year, said Scott Redman, who has been director of the program for the last three years.
In fact, according to Redman, last year some kids from Mexico who were visiting family attended the program.
Many families enroll their children year after year because the classes are educational, enriching and fun, Redman said.
“We try to offer a wide variety of classes to interest different kids,” said Redman. “The variety helps kids grow in different ways.”
That variety includes many art and science classes, which the director says are the most popular. The kids enjoy hands on activities like experiments and crafts.
Students can get creative in classes on abstract art, kite building, clay and sculpture, photography, printmaking and much more.
Science-oriented classes range from oceanography to electricity to a “mad scientist” class where kids can do several experiments.
There are also many unusual classes, such as calligraphy and origami, storm chasers and magic.
Redman said that the program includes courses such as those so kids can learn about something they may not have the chance to during the school year.
“Then if it (the subject) interests them, they can explore it on their own,” said Redman.
There are also several classes aimed at getting kids to be physically active. Kids can choose from a sports class, Zumba, yoga, cheerleading and a hip-hop dance class.
Certified teachers teach the classes and are helped by student volunteers.
Classes are held at Ivy Drive Elementary School, located at 160 Ivy Drive.
Students attend classes on a week by week basis. It is $40 a week for one class a day and $80 a week for two classes a day.
The enrichment program is for students entering K-6 and they must be 5 years old by Jan. 1, 2018.
Kids with special needs are welcome to attend. Parents can contact director Scott Redman with any questions.
For more information and how to register, call 860-583-5450 or visit www.bristol.k12.ct.us/departments/summer-school .