, Salem, MA

May 3, 2013

Column: A unique opportunity for Salem students, parents

Patricia Zaido
The Salem News

---- — We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to all Salem parents and students. Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., under a large tent behind the Community Health Center at 47 Congress St., representatives from the Salem Public Schools and many community-based organizations will provide information and answer questions about summer programs available to students of all ages. Early registrations for summer programs will be accepted. You can also enjoy a tour of the Community Health Center, including free blood pressure tests and information on health insurance/enrollment.

The following summer programs will participate in the expo:

The 21st Century Program. A summer component of 21st Century grant. Students will learn by doing as they engage in a service-learning project that provides academic learning in context of a real community project. Students will also complete their summer reading on their brand-new Kindles.

Read Science Camp. Two-week science camp for middle school girls focusing on themes of ecology and the environment. The two weeks include field trips, hands-on inquiry-based activities and technology-based activities.

Collaborative Partnerships. Students will learn how exercise and diet affect the body. Students will be outside as much as possible and working on community projects.

English Language Learning. A theme-based program designed to enhance students’ English language development. There is a program for kindergarten through grade five, as well as one for middle school.

ELL Academy, Salem at Sea. This program designed to enhance English literacy for ELL students will focus on the theme of work. Students will learn about jobs and will enjoy career and college workshops.

For Kids Only. This program promotes summer learning through hands-on exploration and discovery in literacy, arts, recreation, technology and much more! Located at Bates School, the program is for ages 5 to 13 and runs Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., from July 1 through Aug. 16.

Boys & Girls Club Brain Gain Summer Camp. The camp will incorporate fun, engaging experiences and critical-learning opportunities. Each weeklong module takes a project-based learning approach. Camp is for kids ages 5 through 14 and runs from July 1 to Aug. 30.

YMCA. The Y offers a variety of camps that services youths ages 5-13. Children can explore their dramatic side at theater camps, hone their basketball skills or seek adventure through Adventure Camp. Explorer’s camp, hosted at Camp Naumkeag, offers sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and a gaga pit. Camps run weekly from June 27 to Aug. 30.

Camp Fire. Camp Fire North Shore offers two summer camp programs: Camp Waluta for students entering kindergarten through the fifth grade and Discovery Camp for students entering grades six and seven. In addition, Camp Fire offers a leadership program for teens entering eighth and ninth grade: the counselor-in-training program. Camps run weekly from July 1 to Aug. 30.

Sail Salem. This is an educational program for children promoting positive life skills and values through the sport of sailing. Lessons are conducted in Salem Harbor off Winter Island, and we are bringing the love of sailing to many children who would not have the opportunity to be on a boat. Classes are free for first-timers. No child will be turned away due to cost.

Peabody Essex Museum. PEM offers numerous programs for children and families over the summer, including PEM Pals, a weekly storytime program, art-making, family films, storytelling and performances. PEM also offers weeklong summer programs: Art Adventurers for 8- to 11-year-olds and Art Majors for 12- to 15-year-olds. General museum admission is free for all Salem residents. Most programs are also free.

Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities’ School Age Program is a high-powered, activity-based program for children ages 6 to 12. In addition to myriad activities tailored for each group, we feature field trips and bring in a wide variety of professional performers. Children are welcome from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The House of the Seven Gables Schooner Camp. Camp runs from July 8-12 for students ages 10-13. Hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The captain of the schooner Fame and the education specialist for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site will teach students Salem history along with sailing skills.

Architectural Lab. Community Architectural Lab is a nonprofit, studio-based workshop that teaches problem-solving skills and cross-disciplinary thinking through the design and fabrication of three-dimensional objects. This weeklong studio is both a computer lab and a woodworking shop. Registration is open for classes in July and August.

Space is limited in some of the programs, and some programs have eligibility requirements. If you have questions, you can contact me at


Patricia Zaido is executive director of The Salem Partnership. This is one in a series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.