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Summer enrichment camp scheduled for June

CONYERS -- Rockdale County parents have until Wednesday to register their children for this summer's enrichment camp.

Rockdale County Public Schools will hold its annual Summer Break Enrichment and Exploration Camp from June 10 through 13 at the Rockdale Career Academy.

The camp is open for second- through fifth-grade students and sixth- through eighth-grade students in separate classes. A morning session is scheduled from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m., and an afternoon session is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per student; the cost is $100 for students registering for the morning and afternoon sessions. Students may bring a lunch or snacks to eat in the RCA cafeteria during breaks.

Earlier this year, eligible students were sent home invitation forms based on their academic achievement.

For parents who did not submit a form and payment to their children's school already, they can submit them to Lisa Collinsworth at the Rockdale County Board of Education's business services department, which is located at 954 N. Main St. in Conyers between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Payments must be in the form of cash.

For the elementary school students attending the morning session, the second-grade students will explore a class called South of the Border, in which they celebrate Hispanic culture and history through language, crafts, music, dance, cuisine and geography. They plan to make jalapeno cornbread muffins, polvorones wedding cookies and chicken fajita cups. Students also will design a custom poncho and sombrero, and finish the camp with a Mexican fiesta and show.

Third-grade students will study All About Pets, in which they will explore animal medicine and view real samples under microscopes with a veterinarian. They will learn about different careers in animal care and meet different breeds.

Fourth-graders will take the class, WOW! World of Wonder, in which they study the world of science through experiments, facts and technology.

Fifth-grade students will participate in La Viva Italia, in which they will learn about Italy. Teachers will share their travels to Italy through geography, food, language, art and culture. The class will end with a celebration with Italian traditions.

For elementary students who take the afternoon sessions, both second- and fourth-graders will study Italy, while the third-grade students will take a class, The Life of the Forest, in which they will learn about preservation, leaf identification and inhabitants through activities like bird watching, leaf imprints and building bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths; Smokey Bear also will make an appearance.

The fifth-graders will take a class, LEGO Robotics & Mini Tournaments, in which they will learn how to build and program robots to complete a mission and compete in a mini tournament.

Middle school students attending the morning session have a chance to choose between attending the LEGO Robotics class or Cooking Up Culture, in which they will learn about various countries and cook food from North Africa and Japan.

Middle school students in the afternoon session have a chance to take the WOW class to study science or the class, When Am I Going to Use this Again? Real Life Mathematics Applications, in which they will learn how math is used in creating a product for a business, baking, planning a school picnic and creating a dream house.