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Youngsters can nurture creative sides at camp

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While most children are counting the days until they start their summer holidays, others are looking forward to going back to Oak Bluff School in July.


But these eager students won’t be studying math or science — instead they’ll explore their creative sides through drama, writing, dance, music, painting and song.


Kerri Gaminek, music teacher at Oak Bluff School, is returning for a third year as instructor of the Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District’s Summer Camp for Creative Kids program. The program runs from July 8 to 12, with students aged seven to nine attending from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


"At the end of every day, the parents will get a performance," Gaminek said. The performance will show off the work participants have completed based on a daily theme.


In past years, Gaminek has used dragons, the weather and Africa as themes. The children learned a song from Ghana, did some African drumming and made prints using African symbols as part of the African theme. They are able to take their artwork home each day.


Parent Julie Garcia said she was very impressed with the amount of art and music her daughters, Madeline and Sophia, learned each day of camp last summer.  


"My girls were so proud and excited to perform what they had prepared for the ‘family performance’ at pick-up time," she said. "What a treat it was to watch this group of kids develop their art and performance skills throughout the week."


Lynn LeBlanc said her daughter Megan talked all year about what she learned at the summer camp in 2012.


Gaminek said that even though she teaches for 10 months a year, she looks forward to the week of creative camp, as she’s able to help the participants with activities she loves.
"I don’t have to focus on assessments," she added.


Class size is limited to 16 and the registration deadline is June 28.


For information and to register, contact the Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District at 204-885-2444, 1-877-312-0315 or www.mhrd.ca

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