WILLIAMSON – Williamson Pre K-8 just wrapped up another successful Summer Session of YEP (Youth Education Program).
YEP Summer is a free program offered to students in the Williamson area for grades 3-8; and is funded through a 21st CCLC federal grant and supported through RESA2.
The summer session ran for three weeks beginning at the end of the academic school year, and provided local children with daily lessons, enrichment activities, community interaction, a healthy breakfast and lunch, and bus transportation to and from the site.
Mrs. Tonya Hatcher, Site Coordinator, remarked of the many successes of the continually growing youth education program. “We were excited to have 50-60 children daily participating in our summer session. This program affords us as a site the opportunity to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for our youth to spend some time after the regular school year ends. We are able to enhance learning through summer lessons and projects, as well as, provide nutritious meals and health and wellness components”.
The three week period consisted of weekly themes kicking off with “Aloha to the School Year”, as children embraced the beginning of summer with a study of Hawaii, basketball fundamentals, outdoor activities, and crafting.
Week two continued in full swing as children and staff traveled “Through the Decades”. This week consisted of an extensive study of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s, and 90’s. Children were immersed in team building activities, cooperative learning projects, arts and crafts, and a live rendition of “Sweatin to the Oldies”, all while learning through hands-on experiences, artifacts, and research presentations!
Week three wound up with “Around the World”, as children “visited” various countries and learned about their cultures through games, music, International Folk dancing, food, technology integration and more. YEP students also worked on the continuation of the school’s Memorial Flower Garden, as children planted flowers, and mulched and maintained the beautiful area. “Summer learning experiences are vital to young people during breaks from the school year, and YEP allows us to nurture students academically, physically, socially…and that is a blessing to be able to offer that in our county,” remarked Hatcher.
Hatcher would like to thank all of the teachers/tutors, bus drivers, cook, custodian, and school/RESA2 administration who make this work possible. They spend many hours planning and preparing to ensure the well-being of all of our children attending. Hatcher would also like to thank the many Community Partners, Volunteers, Businesses, and Organizations who contribute their time, talents, and materials. Investments in our youth are beyond measure, and are so appreciated. Additionally, YEP thanks the parents for allowing their children to attend such a wonderful program.
Hatcher would like to remind families, that although the summer program has come to a close, the YEP Afterschool will continue in August when the school year begins 4-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. “We will be registering students and are able to provide homework assistance, project-based learning, community service projects, an evening meal, and bus transportation, all free of charge to parents.”
Contact Hatcher at 304-235-5016 or visit the YEP Facebook Page at Williamson PK-8 School Youth Education Program with questions or more details for the 2016-2017 school year.