It’s staggering to realize that this is the final article to be written before the new school year begins and Tamassee’s first Summer Day Camp Program officially wraps up. Where did the summer go?
It has been a joy to welcome over forty little smiling faces to campus each morning, and to hear their laughter ringing out all day long. As I compose my thoughts for this article, the sweet sound of Ms. Jessica’s young camper’s unified voices can be heard throughout the hallways. They are deep in the moment as they practice their singing parts for the music video being produced as a part of drama week. I wish you could hear them and feel the simple joy the sound of their voices generate.
Yesterday they rehearsed their individual dance steps and displayed their rhythmic talents, which ranged from 1980’s break dancing, to simply swaying with the music and tossing in an occasional cartwheel for good measure. The finished video production will no doubt be the highlight of the final week of camp known as Celebration Week. The last five days of camp will be spent highlighting all of the projects, activities, talents and accomplishments the campers have achieved over the past 8 weeks of summer vacation. We will officially close the books on the successful 2021 Summer Day Camp, and open the doors to our Afterschool Program the following Monday, August 16th.
This will mark the 2nd session of the Afterschool Program, and the success of the first year bears repeating. If you have a student in kindergarten through 8th grade who fell behind due to the impacts associated with the pandemic, or who needs extra assistance staying on-task with their school work, we can help. Our Afterschool Program STAR testing results from last school year showed that 77% of our students improved in reading an average of a full grade level, while 93% improved in math averaging a full grade level. As a part of the Tamassee Navigator Citizenship Program, the students completed an average of 5 citizenship projects each. Every student gained a better understanding of their self-interests as they participated in the various enrichment programs, and coping skills showed remarkable improvements as our staff worked to teach students resiliency techniques.
Registration is now open for the upcoming school year, and we invite you to learn more about our Afterschool Program by contacting Ms. Erin at 864.944.3022 ext. 112, or by visiting www.tdarschool.org. Transportation is provided from Tamassee-Salem, Walhalla, Keowee Elementary Schools and Walhalla Middle School.
Tamassee’s Early Childhood Learning Center is once again offering South Carolina 4K First Steps Program to families in our area. This is the same program available through the public schools, but with smaller class sizes and individualized attention. Our student to teacher ratios enhance the benefits to the little people we serve. For more information, please contact Ms. Amy at 864.944.2270.