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 period, 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.
For more information on Shaw
University, visit www.shawu.edu.
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.