About 300 kids of different age, religion, ethnicity and cultural background attend “A City Camp for City Kids,” and engage in activities including arts and crafts, dance and music every summer in downtown Fort Wayne.
“The diversity is one of the things that people appreciate most about our summer camp,” said Frank Zirille, director of Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, which sponsors the camp.
Parents love that aspect, as well as the fact that the seven-week camp is free, he said.
Fort Wayne Community Schools donates daily lunches, and downtown churches provide facilities for five grade groupings from pre-kindergarten through high school.
The activities are blended with a focus on reading and math, as well as social skills development to provide opportunities to learn during the summer, he said.
“Kids are involved in the summer Reading Program at Allen County Public Library, field trips and activities such as dance, music and yoga,” he said.
About 80 percent of the kids live within a 2 1/2 mile radius of downtown and 82 percent are from a racial minority, Zirille said.
“We have a number of Burmese children – it’s a nice blend of kids,” he said.
The participants of “A City Camp for City Kids,” will host a closing ceremony Thursday in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. the former Scottish Rite Center, from 9:45 a.m. until noon. The event is free.
Campers will perform dance and music routines they learned during the camp.
Ten area students have been awarded scholarships of $1,000 each from the Burger King McLamore Foundation:
•Homestead High School – Bradley Smith, who plans to attend Purdue University and major in mechanical engineering
•Canterbury School – Danielle Bowman, who will attend Purdue University and major in engineering
•Carroll High School – Shelly Ray, who will attend Rutgers University and major in health
•New Haven High School – Hannah Hope, will attend IPFW
•Bishop Dwenger – Allison Kelty, will attend Saint Mary’s College and major in business; John Kelty, who plans to attend Holy Cross College and major in biology; Rachel Thelen, who plans to attend Indiana University and major in biology
•Bishop Luers – MacKenzie North, will attend Saint Mary’s College and major in pre-dental; Nathan Grabner who will attend Purdue University and major in mechanical engineering;
•Connor Luth, who will attend IPFW and major in radiology
Recipients of the $1,000 Carroll R. Phillips Scholarship and the Robert A. Weaver Scholarship from ProFed Federal Credit Union include:
Carroll R. Phillips Scholarship
•Megan Evans of Bluffton – Ball State University
•Laura Stroud of Bluffton – Indiana Wesleyan University
•Katherine Griebel of Monroeville – Indiana University
•Daniel Lauriola of Rome City – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
•Samuel Stukey of Fremont – Purdue University
Robert A. Weaver Scholarship
•Angela Harner of Rockford, Ohio – Northwest State Community College
Huntington University’s Professional Programs’ online bachelor’s degree in marketing was named No. 7 in the country on TheBestSchools.org’s “The 20 Best Online Bachelor in Marketing Degree Programs” list. The list evaluates programs based on academic rigor, range of courses provided, faculty strength, rankings, awards and reputation.
The college’s 3 to Degree program will now offer majors in communication, criminal justice, elementary education, physical education, pre-law, psychology, recreation and leisure studies and recreation therapy.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Ivy Tech Community College Northeast a $199,977 grant to develop a new microsystems certificate program. Engineering Department Chair Andrew Bell is working with the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education, based out of the University of New Mexico, to develop the program. The program will enable engineering students to obtain a microsystems certificate while earning an associate degree.