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Day camps a success for Brashear

 

July 28, 2009



With the end of the school year, The Brashear Association's Allentown Extended Day Camp kicked into full gear.

The camp was four weeks of solid fun, from June 22- July17, with activities ranging from painting and sculpting, to a fitness challenge, to live theater.

Allentown had met its maximum capacity for enrollment and, with the hard work of the staff, provided entertainment and education for the kids. The children performed plays, and explored the world of fairy tales, with dragons to be slain, castles to be made, and a magical ball to attend in a Land Far, Far Away.

They put on their explorer hats and went on wild adventures to the most thrilling spots on the globe, running through ancient Egyptian tombs, braving the dangers of the Amazon jungle, and sailing the seven seas in search of treasure. The camp was a roaring success and ended with a Hawaiian Luau.

Brashear will continue the program into the school year with addition of homework help, tutoring, and supplemental science lessons.

In partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, Brashear also operated its annual Discover South Side Camp. Discover South Side is designed for South Pittsburgh kids who want to explore the South Side. From the educational to the pure fun, students traveled to area businesses and landmarks to experience the diverse culture of the South Side.

For five days a week from June 22 to July 17, Brashear ran a class during the Phillips Elementary Summer School day. The camp adventures went everywhere, from the Claddagh Pub for a tour of a real working restaurant kitchen, to 91.3 WYEP-FM for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of a radio station, to the Engine House 24 where the children met real firefighters and learned about fire safety. Children got to tour the Morning Glory Inn, which had been a stop on the Underground Railroad, and still has the secret tunnels intact beneath the floors.

The agency will conclude its summer programs with an art education camp, Arts Alive, St. Clair Village. Then, Brashear will look forward to its fall programming year. For more information about the Brashear Association's Children's Enrichment Programs, contact the education coordinator at 412-431-2236.

The Brashear Association is a United Way agency. Summer programs receive support from the Grable Foundation, Hill Top United Methodist Church, W. I. Patterson Charitable Fund, Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Partnership Program, and many local businesses and institutions.

 

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