Dozens of Children Take Part in Summer Camps on “The Hill”
Junior Mini Medical School, Is There an Engineer Inside of You?, Donnie B’s Golf Camp, and A Taste of Etiquette and Cooking. These are a few camps for kids in grades K-12 that happened at Prairie View A&M University this summer.
“There was a new theme each week,” said Dr. Talitha Lewis, director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and K-12 Outreach. “I developed the camps two years ago with the whole child in mind. I wanted to make sure they were exposed to a little of everything…from networking on the golf course, to knowing how to cook and have etiquette when they eat and dine out. There were also educational components to strengthen the students, so they can go back to their prospective school districts in the fall stronger in their subject matter.”
Each camp held up to 50 students, and Lewis says the turnout was phenomenal.
“I grew up in Prairie View, and there was not a lot of opportunities available to kids in the community and surrounding areas,” said Lewis. “Dr. Clarissa Booker’s reading camp was the only thing we had to look forward to. But now, it’s exciting to see what I envisioned become a reality. So many kids take advantage and grow from their experiences in these summer camps. Not only that, they have an opportunity to interact with students outside of school. It’s so beautiful to see the relationships and friendships that develop.”