Construction, Art & More

Construction, Art & More

Holmes High School students participated in three week-long camps and extended academic tutoring sessions this summer. Camps centered around construction, leadership, and the arts.

During Construction Camp, students were introduced to basic building and safety skills required by successful skilled laborers. Students learned hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity through engaging, hands-on lessons. Lydia Burns, Allied Construction, spoke to the student group about various careers in the industry, including paid internship opportunities. Students put their newly learned skills to the test by constructing their own toolbox. At the end of camp, students received a starter kit of tools for their toolbox, as well as a backpack filled with supplies. Camp wasn’t all work and no play, though—students also participated in games like guiding a ping-pong ball into a cup using a tape measure.

Students participating in Peer Advocacy Leaders (PAL) Camp spent the week learning and sharpening leadership skills through various activities and service projects, including collecting food items to be distributed through the Holmes High School Youth Services Center. Through projects and discussion, students learned about the importance of giving back to the community and explored the meaning of philanthropy. In addition, students created their own Zen garden and relaxation kit after learning mindfulness techniques and appropriate ways to deal cope with stress from therapist Diana Brown.

Arts & Cultural Enrichment Camp students enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the week, including jewelry making, chalk art, papier-mâché, pointillism, watercolor, and tie dye. Students also designed album covers and were able to spend time each day reflecting in sketchbooks. A trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum was a success; students explored collections of art by famous artists from around the world and enjoyed lunch in the courtyard. Each student received a take-home art kit at the end of camp.

In addition to the three enrichment camps, several students took advantage of summer tutoring hours led by certified teachers. During these extended hours, 56% of student participants earned one or more high school credits toward graduation.

Category: Education
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