Galveston Independent School District students can participate in a host of free summer camp activities this year because of an influx of disaster assistance funds to the district from the U.S. Department of Education.
The activities--from art, recreation and athletics to music, science, math and more—will run from June 8 to August 14. The summer camps will be operated at GISD schools, including Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School on the Bolivar Peninsula. The Adventure Camp programs are a collaborative effort of GISD, 21st Century Community Learning Center, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Galveston, Galveston Family YMCA, Discovery Club and Community Youth Development.
Programs include transportation as well as free breakfasts and lunches, said Marcia Proctor, GISD Director of Special Initiatives.
The district will use about $600,000 in special disaster funding from the federal education agency to finance this year’s extended and expanded summer activities, Proctor said. The money is part of a $4.4-million grant the district received from the federal education department after Hurricane Ike.
Summer camps will serve participants in five age groups: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th and 6th grades, 7th and 8th grades, and 9th through 12th grades. Camps hours and locations for each age group depend on the number of students whose parents register them for participation, Proctor said.
The district is happy to be able to provide additional summer programs for students whose lives have been severely disrupted by the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, said Lynne Cleveland, GISD Superintendent.
“It is gratifying that the federal government has enabled us to provide educational and enrichment programs that will keep our students engaged in meaningful activities throughout the summer,” Cleveland said.
The Adventure Camp Programs also will provide many full- and part-time jobs, giving the Galveston economy a needed boost, Proctor said. For more information, parents can call Proctor at 409-370-7496.
Parents can pre-register their children for Adventure Camp programs through a link on the GISD website, www.gisd.org. The deadline for registration is May 15.
Besides online, parents can register children at the following locations and times:
- Oppe and Rosenberg elementary schools, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 14
- Weis and Austin middle schools, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 12
- Morgan Elementary School, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 12
- Crenshaw, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., daily through May 15
- GISD Annex A, 3906 Avenue T, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily through May 15
- Galveston Family YMCA, 3920 Ave. L, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 15