Rising K Camp gets youth ready for school


Staff of the Rising K Camp at Newnan Chapel are, from left, front, Bernice Cameron, Mikaylee Bonner, Roslyn Bonner, Rebecca Gibson, Deborah Scruggs, Terri Buckland, Candace Bass; back, Michael Junda, Marge Bass, Stanley Ogletree, Willie Roger Tucker. 

School is well underway for the 2013-2014 term, and a group of youngsters are more than prepared thanks to volunteers at a summer program at Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Rising K Camp was held at Newnan Chapel from July 15-26. There were 17 students in attendance, according to Julia Morrison-Morgan, who handles publicity for the church.

“The Rising K Camp is a program designed to help students develop readiness skills for kindergarten and was open to children — economically disadvantaged between the ages of four and five,” Morrison-Morgan said. The program targeted youngsters who would be “entering a formal school setting for the 2013-14 school year,” she said.

Children were instructed in counting, number and letter recognition, calendar concepts, nutrition and colors and listening skills. “They were also exposed to literature through the use of stories,” Morrison-Morgan said.

Students were divided into small groups and were able to receive one-on-one instruction as the teachers and their assistants worked with them.

All the members of the Rising K Camp staff were volunteers. The program was developed by Dr. Marge Bass, Dr. Rebecca Gibson and Hattie Dunn.

Sandra Hinton and Hattie Dunn, retired principals from Coweta County Schools, along with some other teachers, Tanya Jones, Terri Buckland, Vicki Holder and Roslyn Bonner, were able to provide individualized instruction to the students in the various content areas. Assisting them were Bernice Cameron, Candace Bass and Mikaylee Bonner.

“Michael Junda provided help with technology and photography,” Morrison-Morgan said. Stanley Ogletree and Sara Towns assisted in the kitchen with food preparation.

Gibson coordinated the effort with the Housing Authority of Newnan and the Coweta County School System. The school system “provided transportation for some of the students,” Morrison-Morgan said.

The program also received support from Bridging the Gap.

At the completion of the two weeks, parents were invited on the last day so the children could demonstrate some of the things they had been taught. Funding for the Rising K Camp was provided with donations.

“The plan is to continue the program throughout the school year by working with the parents and students so the children will receive additional reinforcement of their newly acquired skills,” Morrison-Morgan said, “with the aim being to improve the likelihood of their success.”

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