‘STREAM’ summer camp strives to fill learning gaps in pandemic
TOPEKA (KSNT) – School is out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put education on hiatus.
Quincy Elementary’s STREAM Camp combines fun and learning to help students catch up during the pandemic. STREAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, reading, and math.
Some days the students will be in the community garden to learn agriculture. The other days of camp they will be inside, working on things like reading and math.
These are topics that Quincy Principal Katie Sonderegger said some students have fallen behind on during the pandemic.
“There was not only a loss of learning, but with everyone having to stay at home during the year, there was also a kind of socio-emotional loss and there is a gap there.” , Sonderegger said.
According to New York Times, many students will have fallen behind for a full school year because of COVID and the abrupt switch to e-learning.
The study carried out in the midst of the pandemic found that the racial and socio-economic achievement gaps would also increase.
Something the students at Quincy Elementary encountered even before the pandemic hit in 2020.
“For many of our students, this is the majority of the food they receive during the day,” Sonderegger said. “They don’t often get the opportunity to spend a long summer vacation and go sightseeing or go to museums or have some of those great worldly experiences that a lot of other students have.”
Registration for the summer camp was open to all Quincy Elementary students and ran until the end of June.