News: Students advance skills through Summer Enrichment Program
Story by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - Students who participated in the Summer Enrichment Program ended their last day of summer school with a potluck at Matthew C. Perry Elementary School gym here July 22.
This year’s M.C. Perry Summer Enrichment Program was full of mysterious adventures as the voyagers, all students, tried solving puzzles which improved their math and reading skills.
“The voyagers have explored mysteries that have stumped people everywhere,” said Netra Harwell, Summer Enrichment Program coordinator. “The students put together the information they found and put together what would be a solid hypothesis of what they thought occurred.”
The children involved in the program learned about Earth and its mysteries.
The program affords the students an opportunity to continue working on skills they learn in a normal school year, even when not being graded.
The Summer Enrichment Program is 100 percent free. While other programs have a fee for use of equipment and other things, this program takes place at the school and is a way for parents to not spend money to keep their children busy throughout the summer, said Harwell.
The program was full of students, some whom had never participated in the program but others were new.
“This program was originally created to give relief to the spouses during the summer months,” said Harwell. “Now it not only relieves stress for parents, but the children enjoy coming here.”
Most children want to spend their summer having fun and playing with friends, but after they entered this program, they were offered the chance to continue learning while still spending time with their friends.
“I didn’t want to do it at first, but I liked it because I learned more about computers, and about plots and mysteries,” said Mahlik A. Francis, an upcoming sixth-grader.
Once many students participate in this program, they are hooked and look forward to returning the following year, said Francis.
This is a great way for children to spend the summer before returning to school because it was designed to teach the children using hands-on techniques to have fun.
“It’s a lot of fun because I get to learn about stuff I didn’t know in the first grade and we get to do activities that are always fun,” said Claire M. Nickson, an upcoming M.C. Perry Elementary school second-grader.
Learning new things with friends is a good way to spend the summer, especially when having fun and learning about interesting things, said Nickson.
This year’s Summer Enrichment Program ended July 22, and the students are able to enjoy the remainder of their summer before returning to school.