BY RACHEL JENKINS, ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Summer Seals, a nonprofit organization based in Selinsgrove, provides students in fourth and fifth grade struggling with math and reading a summer camp full of learning while having fun. The camp provides hands-on learning for students to get them excited and interested in school. There are no worksheets or textbooks, just interactive teaching provided by a staff made up of compassionate teachers including senior Jaclyn Lewis.
“The kids are so excited about this. It’s so different than any camp I’ve seen. It’s not like kids are just playing. There’s a structure, and it’s a positive structure,” Lewis said.
Lewis continued: “They’re constantly engaged in hands-on ideas and learning. It’s a great program and has been very successful.”
Summer Seals is free for the children who attend. They rely on donations provided by local residents, as well as businesses such as Weis Markets, for supplies and meals.
Every year, the faculty of Summer Seals strives to expand the cultural experiences of students through field trips to places outside of the Selinsgrove area. This year the staff is hoping to take the students to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Past trips have included the Washington Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium.
This year’s 5K to raise money for the program is on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Everyone can participate and sign up at summerseals.org. There is a $15 registration fee if students preregister or a $20 registration fee at the event. Runners and walkers can sign in at 1 p.m., and the run will start at 2 p.m. The event will begin at the Selinsgrove track and continue through the Selinsgrove area.
Awards will be given out to the top male, female and child participant. Nourishments will be provided, including water, bananas, fruit and granola bars.
“Our hope is to really get the university involved this year. We want to have students give back to the people in this area,” Lewis said.
For more information about the event or Summer Seals, contact Jaclyn Lewis or visit sumerseals.org.