June 19, 2013 - Clarkston teachers Kelly Fuller, Nate Fuller, and Cindy Pyscher are offering kids a chance to THINK this summer.
"We're always concerned that the kids will need to refresh some skills after summer," said Nate, Kelly's husband. "I'm really excited."
"This is our passion, helping kids succeed and maintain their success," Kelly said.
The Teachers Helping Individuals Navigate Knowledge programs for students entering grades 2-6 include book clubs, reading intervention classes, science camp, and math camp.
"I've wanted to expand on the summer math camp I have offered for the past few years for a while now," Pyscher said. "I love giving children this opportunity to feel more confident in school."
Also included is a service project-based Leadership course, incorporating math, science, literacy, and other concepts, she said.
"That's the most exciting part," Kelly said. "This is a chance for students to give back while learning."
Students will develop community-service ideas by talking to local residents and leaders, with teachers serving as facilitators.
"It's very kid centered," Kelly said. "It will be their ideas and passion. We'll provide what they need to make an impact on their community."
They'll work with A World In Motion volunteers from the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, during the science camp.
"I'm really pumped up about that," Nate said. "The more people we talk to, the more excited we are to be doing something with the community."
The camp with bring English and science lessons into the community in fun, engaging ways, and get kids involved in their own learning, he said.
The math camp for 4-6 graders will include concept reviews and previews, logic and problem solving.
"Fun things to engage the kids and make them fall in love with math," Pyscher said.
After summer, the teachers plan to continue offering tutoring services through the school year for students in grades 2-6.
Next year they plan to expand based on feedback from students and parents.
Enrollment in the summer programs is $30-$65, with a per-session rate of $12. All courses are at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road. For more information, visit www.thinkclarkston.com or call 586-615-9450.
Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.