>We ended another great season of Summer Explorers day camp last week with a Talent Show starring many talented Explorers, a sunny fieldtrip to Matthews Beach, and a potluck celebration with lots of delicious food and fun for the whole family!

Summer Explorers would not be possible without the help of many caring volunteers and community members.

The Vineyard Community Church, Calvin Presbyterian Church, and Bethel Lutheran Church provided lunches for 52+ kids and volunteers during the 6 weeks of programming. Thanks to their generosity the kids ate healthy and nutritious sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and juice every day of camp! Eating a full meal helps the kids to focus on their class projects and activities, and by choosing the food and packing it up for us, the church members help free up staff time so we can be ready with lots of fun and enriching activities. Thank you so much!St. Mark’s Catholic Church provided tasty snacks in the mornings and afternoons. Yogurt, granola bars and grapes helped the kids get a good start when they arrived at 9am, and chips, crackers and otter pops were a fun way to end the day. Thank you St. Mark’s!

LMN Architects donated over 30 carpet squares, which we put to good use for a Carpet Corner in the 2nd-4th grade classroom, and many rousing games of “Musical Carpet Squares”. Thank you LMN!
This year at Summer Explorers we were joined by 3 Teaching Interns who prepared lesson plans and activities for morning classroom time and worked hard to create cohesive, exciting and fun classroom learning environments. They helped their students keep their minds sharp with reading, writing, math and academic projects so that they will be able to start school next week ready to hit the ground running. Thank you to Margy Newton, Talya Bartlett, and Devin Engledew!Summer Explorers is staffed by only one employee, and relies heavily on the help of many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer Counselors. These volunteers donate their time and energy many hours every week to provide leadership, mentoring, supervision and friendship to our kids. We truly would not be able to provide high quality programming without the commitment of these wonderful volunteers & interns.

A big thank you to all of our Counselors!
Hannah Cylkowski
Brittney Micheletti
Michelle Terry
Moira Otaga
Miranda Pollard
Neha Sharma
Luisa Zapata
Kathryn Bailey
Kristen Allison
Kelsey Green
John Aaron
Raquel Stratton

Thank you so much to all the volunteers and community members who contributed to make Summer Explorers 2010 a high quality summer program for the kids, and a lot of fun for everyone!