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Summer PASS gives students a head start

 

For 60 Neshaminy middle school students, the end of the school year meant the start of a unique summer camp experience. Summer PASS (Planned Activities Stimulates Success) is a three week, grant-based program that offers students in grades 5-8 the opportunity to boost their academic skills, participate in confidence and team-building activities, build relationships with the teaching staff and their fellow students, all while having some fun by going on field trips throughout the region. The program has been offered for a number of years at Neshaminy.

Counselors at each middle school choose students for the program who they feel will get the most benefit. Summer PASS is offered free of charge with the exception of a small meal fee thanks to a number of grants including those from Bucks County Children & Youth T.R.A.C.K. Coalition, Lower Southampton Rotary, the Middletown Community Foundation, GIANT Food Stores, the Bucks County Commissioners, and Lower Southampton Township. The camp was held at Neshaminy High School.

Each day was divided among a number of activities. Students were able to work with teachers on their summer math and reading assignments, participate in team-building activities in classrooms and the gymnasium, learn climbing skills using the rock wall in the Challenge Gym, and join in small group discussions about issues they face every day in school and in their lives. They were treated to a number of educational field trips, including a visit to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for a tour; the Philadelphia Art Museum; Bucks County Community College as well as fun activities such as movies and bowling. The camp finished with a picnic at Tyler State Park where the students enjoyed canoeing and fishing.