Get in FOCUS at Showers


Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.

If you are a parent looking for a summer program that will provide academics as well as life skills, character education and financial literacy, then you may want to consider the Fostering Opportunities & Cultivating Upstanding Students, or F.O.C.U.S., summer program.

Facts

SUMMER CAMP

What: The Fostering Opportunities & Cultivating Upstanding Students, or F.O.C.U.S., Summer Program.
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 1-Aug. 2.
Where: Showers of Blessings Harvest Center, 2615 SE 15th St.
Cost: Free, with a $75 registration fee; scholarships for families.
Information: Call 321-480-8393 or email focussummerprogram@gmail.com.

The F.O.C.U.S. program for children and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 1-Aug. 2 at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center at 2615 SE 15th St.

The program is free, but there is a $75 registration fee and scholarships will be available, with preference given to families with more than one child.

Register at www.showersofblessings.org by clicking on “Education.” Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, in addition to transportation and after-hours care, if needed.

Natalie King, director of educational programs at Showers, said F.O.C.U.S., now in its second year, is a non-profit educational organization. Sponsorships are tax deductible.

“Enrollment is first-come first-served,” said King.

Space will be limited to 60 spots for elementary students and 50 each for middle and high schoolers.

“It's student-driven and inquiry-based,” said King, “and taught by certified teachers.”

King said the academic curriculum will consist of reading and math proficiency for elementary students, a STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math camp for middle school students, and a Kaplan SAT prep course for high school students.

She said all students will participate in such activities as the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course, global issues focusing on poverty, population growth, clean water, sustainable agriculture, organic gardening and other topics. Campers also will take part in character-building workshops and etiquette classes.

During the last week of camp, King said there will be an etiquette banquet and a graduation ceremony for parents, friends and the community.

King said high school students will participate in volunteer projects and garner at least 25 community service hours doing such things as feeding the homeless, tutoring young students and serving local non-profit organizations.

King said they also will learn to set personal and educational goals, create resumes and cover letters, do mock interviews for college and job-seeking, and focus on college-readiness and careers.

“We want the children to feel empowered and prepared for school and for life,” King said.

“A lot of children have big dreams, but don't have the skills or support to make it happen. We can give them the skills and the support.”

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