Titusville Educational Summer Camp

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TITUSVILLE, Fla – With the logistical challenges of education brought on by the pandemic, many students have struggled to keep up and may not be where they should be heading for the new school year, which begins next week in the Brevard County.

This is where a unique summer camp in Titusville came in.


What would you like to know

  • An anonymous donation helped make the camp possible
  • 25 students from Titusville elementary schools were enrolled in the camp
  • The camp was designed to help students catch up after a difficult school year

“We were able to enroll 25 students here. We didn’t want the classes to be too big because as it is, the students we felt needed more individualized attention to make sure they were working on the things in which they had lost certain skills in the past. over the past year, due to the pandemic, ”says Bill Gary.

Gary, chairman of the board of directors of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore cultural complex, said the summer university enrichment camp was made possible thanks in large part to an anonymous donation from a former resident of Titusville .

They decided that after the success of a similar, but smaller, academic summer program the previous summer in Mims, they would extend this concept to Titusville and contact elementary schools to do so.

Students like Tyler Teachout, an advancing sophomore, said they were grateful for the opportunity to focus more on some of the classes where they fell behind.

“There were numbers that I hadn’t yet understood and words that I hadn’t yet understood,” he said, describing some of what he thought he missed from a year or so. education in the event of a pandemic.

“There are some things I have already learned, some things I haven’t learned, but I will,” said third-grader Sophia Smerdon. “And some things I need to learn a little better than I’ve already done.”

They partnered with Brevard County schools to help enroll students and with the Life Center Academy, which provided the facilities for the program.

“Programs like this are so important in helping to catch up with that COVID slide,” said Brantley Bostick, one of three teachers hired for the summer camp. “To close the gap and make sure everyone is caught up.”

But a traditional summer learning camp was not all that was on the agenda for children. Every Friday they were able to learn in a non-traditional way and with unique guests.

One week, they were visited by the Model Rocket Club of the National Technical Association and had a demonstration of miniature rocket launching. Another week, members of the Titusville Police Department explained their work to the students and gave them a lesson in bicycle and school safety.

They also let the kids try on some of your SWAT bulletproof vests.

“It’s actually about the kids and the teachers and their fun and they make this camp fun,” said Briya Patel, a fifth grade student coming up near the end of the camp.

The camp ended with a graduation ceremony attended by Brevard County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Mullins, and District 1 Board Member, Misty Belford.

Both teachers and students said this course was invaluable and could be replicated next year.

“Things like this program are going to be so important not just for this summer, but for the next two years,” Bostick said.

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