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Summer Enrichment Academy provides week of classes for motivated students (Audio included)

The Summer Enrichment Academy provides one week of classes during the summer for highly-motivated students.

The academy is unique because it allows students in grades 1-7 from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, and Riverside to expand their knowledge and embrace learning that blends academic, cultural, social, and fun experiences into a rich, engaging educational environment.

This year's program will be from June 10th to 14th from 9:30 to 11:30 each morning at Bellefontaine High School.

(Pictured left: Bake My Day class from the Summer Enrichment Academy)

Students will receive a registration form at school in early March and forms will also be available in the front office of each school and available on the school’s website. Home-schooled students are also welcome to participate. The registration fee is $55 and scholarships are available for students with financial need. Students on the free and reduced lunch program will only have to pay $10 per student. The registration deadline is April 12th.

(Pictured right: Summer Enrichment Academy Logo from 2004 to 2012)

Seven new classes are being offered with this year's academy.

For students in grades 1-3, Wondrous Warriors and It's a Garden Party are new to the curriculum. Wondrous Warriors allows students to learn about Spartans, Knights, Vikings, and many other forms of warriors from history. It's a Garden Party allows students to plant a "pizza garden" and have a pizza party at the end of the week using herbs and veggies planted in their gardens.

For students in grades 4-6, Imagination Tessellation and Art around the World are new. Students in Imagination Tessellation will learn about tessellations and where they can be found in nature. Students will allow create amazing designs. Art around the World gives students a chance to learn about different cultures and their art and customs. Students will also create their own art work.

Grades 5-7 can take Forensic Anthropology or Attack of the Local Tomatoes. Forensic Anthropology lets students learn about the skeleton and how to determine age, height, weight, and gender. Attack of the Local Tomatoes will follow the food that we eat from the farm to the table, while preparing and feasting on local food.

The Crazy Robotic Vehicle Showdown allows students to build a vehicle, program it, and create it.

Other favorite classes include a Shark Class (pictured left), CSI: Forensic, Slimy Science, and the American Girl Doll Adventure Class.

The Summer Enrichment Academy teachers are enthusiastic and each spends a significant amount of time on preparation for their classes. The academy offers nearly 30 classes to over 250 students.

The Summer Enrichment Academy teams up with several other local organizations. The Logan County Electric Cooperative, United Way Youth Allocation Committee, and the Bellefontaine Arts Commission support the program. Also many local businesses sponsor the event.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Summer Enrichment Academy. This year the academy held a t-shirt logo design contest. The winner of the contest was Tarrah Berg, an Indian Lake junior. Tarrah will be receiving a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

(Pictured right: Berg’s winning logo design)

Benjamin Logan Curriculum Director Sally Stolly comments on the Summer Enrichment Academy.

The Summer Enrichment Academy is the March recipient of the Community Spotlight Grant sponsored by Liberty National Bank and Logan Dental Care.

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