Monday, July 27, 2009
Summer vacation is here and what better way to spend it than going to summer school? The older kids are out of school for the summer so we hired two high school teachers to come to the Center and teach five days a week. From 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. the kids are getting a head start in math, chemistry and language studies. They’re working hard and hopefully learning enough to give them a better understanding of the next year’s curriculum.
We also have two more English speakers that have come to help teach the kids for the summer. So there are extra English and reading classes for the kids in the morning and afternoon. They’re also getting coaching in piano and trombone. The kids enjoy having new people around to learn with and play with.
We’ve been working on getting a house in town ready to open up as a school for anyone to come and learn at. For the past year people have been coming and asking us if they can learn English and computer with us but we haven’t been ready. We’ve finally opened it up for a test run. We’re teaching three different levels of English for six weeks for free. We told the kids at the Center that we especially wanted to help their friends who wanted to learn English but were too poor to pay for classes. We limited the number of students to 30 because of classroom size.
Classes have been going since July 13th and we’ve had to turn away over 20 kids because the classes were too full. Some of the kids from the Center are helping to teach and making new friends while they’re at it. It is going well and people are having fun!
In August we’re going to be running a four-week summer camp for the younger kids and their friends. It will be in the mornings and we’re hoping to give them one of the most exciting summers of their lives!