Participants in the Holleran Center for Community Engagement’s sixth annual Creativity Camp (for South Reading children) spent two full weeks discovering their own ‘super’ qualities, for this year’s camp: “On Land, Sea, and Air: Exploring Your Superhero Within.”
Throughout the two-week camp, 11-14 year-olds toured local areas such as the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Nolde Forest, and the Daniel Boone Homestead. In addition to exploring the superhero concept, campers studied cars, ships, and planes to complete the land, sea, and air experience of the theme.
Some of the ‘super’ experiences campers explored include a tour of the Civil War USS Constellation ship in Baltimore, Maryland, and fuel efficient cars at the Maryland Science Center.
Most of the 25 Creativity Camp members are active participants in the South Reading Youth Initiative after-school program — a signature program of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement.
Dr. Kim Stoudt, assistant professor of athletic training, served as a faculty instructor for camp, assisted by Holleran Center staff, and Alvernia students Heather Shainline, Danielle Cortes, and Kerry Boyle.
The Holleran Center for Community Engagement will also facilitate a Junior Creativity Camp from July 11-15, for 7-10 year-old children.
The South Reading Youth Initiative (SRYI), is a free program designed for youth aged 7-14 who live or go to school in the South Reading area, provides after-school and summer programming supported by faculty, staff and students of Alvernia University. These programs have been generously supported by federal and state grants as well as local funders. Founded in 2006, the SRYI aims to promote continued education, mentoring and support for healthy choices through exposure to arts, culture and educational opportunities within Greater Reading.