20th Annual Summer Enrichment Academy Kicks Off Next Week


The 20th Annual Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is set to begin next week, running from June 10th to 14th.

This long-standing educational event offers a unique opportunity for students in Logan County and beyond, fostering a love for learning through a blend of academic, cultural, social, and fun experiences.

The Academy has evolved from many years of Saturday Enrichment Programs and a subsequent hiatus into a vibrant, week-long Summer Enrichment Academy. Despite a brief interruption due to COVID-19, the program has been consistently available to all students in Logan County for two decades.

The SEA invites students entering grades 2-8 to expand their knowledge through a rich, engaging educational environment. This year, 23 diverse classes are being offered, covering subjects such as Science, Technology, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Fine Arts.

Popular returning classes and exciting new offerings include:

  • Build, Program, Compete
  • Cultural Creations & Cuisines
  • DC, Marvel, and Me!
  • Dreaming of Disney
  • Guitar for Beginners!
  • Hook, Line and Sinker!
  • Join the Babysitter Club
  • Let’s Get Crafty!
  • Learn to Crochet
  • Lotions, Potions, and Slime
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Platform 9 3/4
  • Pretty Hair, Don’t Care
  • Roaming in Robotics
  • SENSEsational Science
  • Sharks! (and Other Fish)
  • Summer Unplugged
  • The Wonderful World of Science & Engineering!
  • Tiny Wizards
  • Why Knot Macrame?
  • Woodcraft Wonders

Since its inception in June 2004 with 112 students, the summer program has grown significantly, with enrollment reaching 325 for the summer of 2024. The enthusiasm and dedication of local teachers and community members who serve as SEA instructors are vital to the program’s success.

The Summer Enrichment Academy is supported by numerous local businesses and organizations.

This year’s sponsors include:

  • Aunalytics
  • Bellefontaine Rotary Club #3617
  • Belletech Corporation
  • Briarwood Sporting Club
  • Choice Properties Real Estate
  • Community Health & Wellness Partners
  • The Community Spotlight Grant (Feb. 2024) funded by Logan Dental Care, Middlefield Bank, and 98.3 WPKO
  • The County Classifieds
  • Daido Metal Co., Ltd.
  • Dodds Wealth Advisors
  • Duff Quarry
  • Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Services
  • Fissel Floor Covering
  • Lee’s Roofing, Inc.
  • Logan County Electric Cooperative
  • Mary Rutan Health
  • Middlefield Bank
  • Ohio Caverns
  • Ohio Lumber Brick & Block
  • Ohio Ready Mix
  • Quest Federal Credit Union
  • RD Holder Oil Company
  • Scout Title Ltd.
  • Sloan Insurance Center
  • Steve Austin’s Auto Group
  • Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, Ltd.

Scholarships are available for students with financial need, thanks to local grant funds. The Bellefontaine Rotary Club and the Logan County Electric Cooperative have been longstanding community sponsors, playing a crucial role in the Academy’s success.

The program has adapted over the years, including transitioning to an online registration process through the HomeTown Ticketing app. To ensure a safe and smooth experience, a School Resource Officer has been added for traffic control and security, and a school nurse and technology support staff have always been integral to the camp.