Summer of fun for Bedford County kids!
Free camps for all 1st - 12th grade Bedford County kids start June 15
When school ends this year the fun will begin! The Bedford County After School and After 3 programs will have extended summer programming open to all Bedford County youth - but space is limited, so enroll soon!
Local academic camps in county's five school districts
Each school district elementary and middle/high school will have summer camp from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Activities will include academics, enrichment - especially related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), nutrition, health and wellness, recreation and service learning. Transportation will be provided to and from school from student homes or area drop-offs. Each district will also provide breakfast and lunch.
Camps will operate:
Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett: June 1 - June 30, Monday through Fridays
Tussey Mountain: June 1 - June 30, Monday through Thursdays
Northern Bedford County: June 10 - June 30, Mondays through Fridays
See your school's AfterSchool or After 3 site coordinator or the school office for enrollment forms and more information.
STEAM camp at Bedford County Tech Center
As we have in the past, the After 3 programs will also sponsor a STEAM camp at the Bedford County Technical Center - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with two sessions each day. The camp is open to incoming 6th-12th graders. Explore cooking, art, stained glass, animation, film-making and more in the 2 hour sessions each day. Through the month of June you can ride the bus into your home schools and then hop on a bus to and from the Tech Center - and your district will provide you with a bagged lunch.
The program runs June 1 - July 7. The last week you'll need to get to your home school to catch the bus to the Tech Center.
See your After School or After 3 coordinator, check in your office or e-mail email@example.com for more information and an enrollment form.
Or if you have questions and want more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The verdict is in, After 3 helps kids!
Rigorous local evaluations of the Bedford County 21st Century After School program have routinely shown lots of positives.
The program is providing academic, attendance and emotional and social support to its students - and students say it's fun, as well as educational!
Teachers tell us that most students who attend regularly improve socially, emotionally and academically in some critically important ways during the school year.
After school students annually show improved attendance in school and more than 80 percent who regularly attend maintain an 85 percent average or above in Math and English.
Parents are engaged in after school activities - sites average 70% of students having parents attend at least one after school activity during the year.
Students and parents both reported high satisfaction with the program. Staff reported high satisfaction with the program.
In addition, the implementation of the Youth Program Quality Assessment system has brought to the forefront items that are proven to positively impact student engagement and ultimately academic, social and emotional performance. The system provides a way to measure and track individual site and program wide goals toward meeting these measures - and the county program consistently scores well above the national average.
E-mail the project director if you'd like more information about evaluations of the 21st Century program.
As part of the After 3 focus on career exploration, students from all sites are interviewing county residents to learn more about their careers. What are the responsibilities for a maintenance director? What kind of training and education is needed for a school social worker? What does a restaurant owner look for when he’s hiring employees?
The interviews are being videoed and edited by students and uploaded to the Bedford County 21st CCLC Consortium’s YouTube channel. Go to the Consortium's YouTube Channel learn more.
Want to learn what happens in After 3 each day? Check out a video with photos of the dozens of activities students enjoy – a snack, coding for video games and robots, recreation, flying a drone, developing 3D models, creating artwork, making stained glass ornaments, creating slime, celebrating Halloween in costume as part of an open house, learning about careers and starting to plan their future.
All these and more happened in just two weeks this fall. Check out the slideshow.
A focus of the After 3 program is digital content creation – students producing their own videos – planning, writing scripts, building sets, creating special video and audio effects, shooting and editing for a final, finished product. For several years students used Bedford County history as their backdrop for video creation.
The Bedford County Heritage Project ran for four years, with both elementary and secondary students creating dozens of videos ranging from the story of the Lost Children (above) to the Ghosts of the Jean Bonnet Tavern. Go to the Consortium's YouTube Channel to learn more about Bedford County’s colorful past – and see the creativity of our students in these award-winning videos.