F.O.C.U.S accepting camp applications

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

Are you a parent looking for an affordable camp with a well-rounded academic program for your student?



* What: The Fostering Opportunities and Cultivating Upstanding Students summer program is accepting applications.

* When: Now; space is limited to 125 students.

* Where: Online at www.seekcommunitycenter.com.

* Cost: $100 registration fee.

* Information: Call 321-480-8393 or email focussummerprogram@gmail.com.

If so, then you may want to consider the Fostering Opportunities and Cultivating Upstanding Students, or F.O.C.U.S., summer program, with life skills, character education, financial literacy and fun in the mix.

Registration is now available at www.seekcommunitycenter.com.

Now in its third year, the F.O.C.U.S. program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30-Aug. 1 at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center at 2615 SE 15th St. The program is free and includes a T-shirt, breakfast, lunch and snacks, but there is a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Scholarships will not be offered.

Parents will have an opportunity to make partial payments, but the registration fee must be paid in full by June 20. Transportation and after-care also can be provided for a nominal fee.

"Parents can plan ahead and budget for the summer program," said Natalie King, director of educational programs at Showers. She said F.O.C.U.S. is a non-profit educational organization and sponsorships are tax deductible. "We're looking for sponsors to help pay teachers, get curriculum material and supplement what parents are paying for this quality program," King said.

Space will be limited to 125 students.

"Enrollment is first-come, first-paid, first-served," said King, adding that the five-week program is student-driven and taught by certified teachers. It will provide supplemental academic enrichment programs, mentoring, tutoring, character building, etiquette and extra support.

The 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 for high school students, college preparation, including ACT or SAT test preparation, and career preparation classes consisting of resume building, cover letters, mock interviews, business etiquette and other activities.

She said all students from kindergarten through 12th grade will participate in activities such as financial literacy and global issues focusing on poverty, population growth, clean water, sustainable agriculture and organic gardening.

"Teaching financial literacy early may prevent them from making bad decisions that could affect them later in life," King said.

All campers will participate in a community service project that will include working on an organic farm while learning about nutrition.

"Community service is a (high school) graduation requirement and the summer is a good time to get those hours," King said. "But we want them to have a meaningful experience and not just accumulate hours. We want them to learn and find something they may want to pursue for further community service."

In addition, the campers will participate in a Big Pal/Little Pal mentoring program, where middle and high school students are matched with elementary school students for activities like arts and crafts and reading.

"Our goal is to prevent students from regressing during the summer months," said King, "The camp is affordable and provides a safe environment where kids are learning, engaged socially and having fun."

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