Summer @ Seneca Street

Our third program is Summer at Seneca Street.  Once the school year ends our fun and educational summer program begins!  During July and August, when school is out,  we offer  six weeks of programming. Four of those six weeks typically consist of several enriching activities that might include crafts, guest speakers, cooking, etc. all revolving around the theme of the week.

On the Thursday of each week, children are taken on a field trip that is tied to the theme of the week. The other two weeks during the summer consist of our annual Reading Camp. During the Reading Camp students rotate though various academic stations including a reading and writing stations, taught by certified teachers. Students also do other activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, science, etc. After completing the two week long Reading Camp, the students earn a backpack filled with the following year’s school supplies. All of our programming offered at Seneca Street CDC is FREE of charge.”

All the students who finished Reading Camp were awarded a backpack filled with school supplies and books. This year we were able to give away close to 2,000 books!
summer-school-pack
During Culture Week the boys and girls took a field trip to Jewish Family Services where they learned how refugees get assistance once they come to the US. Our boys and girls packed school supplies for incoming refugee children.

Art In Nature campers spent the week making sketch books and other arts and crafts. The kids went to Niagara Falls—the first trip to the Falls for many of our kids—and rode the Maid of the Mist. Children brought their sketch books on the field trip and spent most of the day eagerly sketching the incredible natural beauty of the Falls.

summer-crafts
During Upcycle Week we used many everyday items to turn them into something new. We took cans (as seen in the picture above) that Honeywell, a local business, gave us and we made them into pen/pencil holders. We decorated them by using old chapter books.