Children at Oldsmar Community School practiced woodcrafts, rocketry, cooking and foreign language skills during a summer camp sponsored in part by a grant from HRS/Family Preservation and Support Services program.
Traditional classes took a back seat to summer fun as 160 children learned to saw, sand, hammer and paint under the watchful eye of Earl Sanford, a coordinator for the Bay Area Manufacturers Association Trolley.
The children built fantastic birdhouses, said Jack Addis, the program coordinator.
They also studied rocketry, building the rockets and launching them under the direction of John Mackiewicz, a social studies teacher at Palm Harbor Middle School.
Five teachers from north Pinellas County schools contributed to the success of the summer program, Addis said.
Sandy Cowley, a fifth-grade teacher from Oldsmar Elementary, led the children in art classes; Bonnie Adams, a fourth-grade teacher from Tarpon Springs Elementary, taught computer classes; and Sally Zepeda from East Lake High School and Paula Hern from Palm Harbor University High incorporated cooking and French and Spanish language classes into the summer curriculum.
Children and staff took completed rockets to East Lake High School for a final launch in celebration of the success of the program and to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the first moon walk.
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