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For Immediate Release  
June 20, 2011
Contact: Sherri Fillingham
Phone: 919-546-8250/919-623-9494: Mobile 

Shaw’ Academic Enrichment Camp Offers Educational Opportunities to K-5 Students 


(Raleigh, NC) – Twenty-five students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, started Academic Enrichment Camp Monday at Shaw University.  The students will spend two weeks exploring a variety of subject areas – all with the theme of Charlotte’s Web. 

The camp is sponsored by the Shaw University Academic Enrichment Academy, which is operated by the university’s Department of Education.  Campers will work with three teachers over a two-week Enrichment Camp - 15aperiod, in which time they will have the children’s classic read to them, and study aspects of the story matter in a variety of subjects.  

“Education at Shaw is not simply for high school graduates,” said Shaw University President Dr. Irma McClaurin.  “We have to reach out to the youngest to make sure they are ready for school throughout their lives.  Programs like the Academic Enrichment Camp and Academy are just another way Shaw works with the community and helps improve the lives of our neighbors.”

The half-day camp sessions will allow students to explore math, science, and reading through a wide variety of activities.  They will also make two field trips:  one to the North Carolina Museum of Science where they will learn about spiders, and one to view the movie Charlotte’s Web.  

The Academy is sponsored by the Supplemental Educational Services Grant, which was awarded to Shaw by the federal government via the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  During the school year, the Academy sends teachers into schools in seven counties to provide after-school remedial and enrichment tutorial activities to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade children.  

Over 250 students were tutored throughout the 2010-2011 school year in Wake, Franklin, Granville, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, and Greene counties.  This was the third year of the program.

The camp was open to all children in Wake County who had been part of the program and is provided at no cost to the families of the children. 

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Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.