Grantville Summer Camp

Program mixes fun and learning for students

by W. Winston Skinner


Manny Comellas holds the American flag for the pledge at the commencement program for Grantville Summer Camp.    

The Grantville Recreation Summer Camp held a commencement program on July 26 — saluting participants and camp counselors and celebrating the program of fun and learning. 

Trellis Zackery of the city’s recreation department oversaw the program this year, which was held from June 3-July 26. Teachers were — Laura Woods, ages 5-9; Mimi Dean, ages 9-11; and Shelly Smith, ages 12-14.

“We read books this summer. I was very proud of them. They all brought books, and they all read books to each other,” Woods said.

“Every Monday was pool day,” Woods said. “Several days we had to drag them out because they didn’t want to get out.”

There were field trips to Callaway Gardens and to the Herndon Home, the Cyclorama and the William Breman Jewish Museum in Atlanta. “I learned a lot,” Woods said, referring to the visit to the Jewish Museum.

“Callaway Gardens is a major part of what they like,” Smith said. “We go there every year.”

Fire trucks came to the site, and summer campers learned fire safety rules.

The summer included opportunities for the participants to show their artistic abilities. “We decorated cakes,” Woods said.

“We played so many games,” Dean noted.

Most children at the commencement program were wearing tie-dyed shirts made the day before. “You can see all the beautiful, different colors. Those are the colors they chose for their T-shirts.

“We’ve done a lot of things at the computer. We’ve learned a lot this summer,” Smith said.

“We had a great summer camp this year. These children were well behaved,” Woods said.

Mary Elder, who has been involved with the day camp program for years, reflected on its progress. “It’s growing every year,” she said. “We’re so proud of it.”

Zackery commented on the involvement of people from throughout the community to make the program a success. “It takes a village. It really does,” she said.

“We have to stand up for our children,” Elder said.

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