Creative Writing

Creative Writing

By Jamie Niman Our first writing exercise utilized story maps to organize key information from a music video we watched in class (Aha – Take on Me).  Students were given time to write using the story map and beginning/ending prompts. We also used character cards...
Culinary Class

Culinary Class

By Kelly Vaughn This week in the Culinary elective, we continued our discussion of Lewis & Clark and the food they ate along their journey.  One of the foods we discussed were the vegetables they might find growing along the way. Since the local Southern Illinois...
Art Class

Art Class

By Jamie Niman Art students were given sketchbooks to travel and draw in during the summer program.  We introduced materials (H and B pencils, charcoal, blenders, kneaded erasers, art pens, paints, mixed media resources), discussed how to use them, and looked at...
African Drumming

African Drumming

By Marian Appiah-Kubi On Monday’s session, campers got to read about and discuss the history of the djembe, the drum featured in this elective class; watch videos of drum circles in several countries, including Mali, Japan, and the U.S., that feature the djembe;...
Cache River Trip

Cache River Trip

By Nathan Talley What a trip down the Cache River this year!  Before heading out on the water we went to the Visitor Center to learn about the history of the Cache and some of its residents.  The students got to learn about, and see, local snakes and ways to identify...