Summer Camps Offer Fun at TAMIU

TAMIU Hosts Youth Summer Camps

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer? Take some time off and enroll your child in one of Texas A&M International University’s enriching summer camps beginning Monday, June 6.

The University’s Office of Special Programs is now accepting applications for the Youth Summer Camps 2005 program. Tuition varies and does not include lab fees or snacks.

TAMIU’s summer camps are comprised of a kinder camp, a children’s summer workshop, a summer academy, and an academic camp.

All programs will run Monday – Thursday beginning June 6 and are scheduled to conclude July 7.

The kinder camp is designated for children three to five years old and will run from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The subject areas comprise math, science, reading, and writing in addition to venturing nature walks around the University campus. Kinder camp tuition is $300 per child.

The children’s summer workshop includes  grades 1st – 6th and is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. This workshop will focus on computer education, math, science, reading, writing, music, paint, and crafts. Tuition for this workshop is $300 per child.

The summer academy includes grades 7th – 11th. Subject areas will include  English and math portions of the Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scheduled from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a $250 fee. Academic courses consist of art, computers, science, Web design, and writing and run from 1 – 4:55 p.m. with a $300 fee.

The academic camp is also geared toward children in 1st – 6th grades and is scheduled from 1 – 5 p.m. with a $300 fee. This camp focuses on computers, science, crafts, fun physics, and art. Children attending this camp will also have an opportunity to publish their own book.

Certified teachers from Laredo and United Independent School Districts as well as area private schools will teach the camps.

Sergio Barragán, office coordinator, stressed the importance of encouraging youth participation in TAMIU’s summer camps as the experience will enrich a child’s education.

Barragán also suggested that the non–traditional classroom setting contributes to a stress-free environment where children are able to improve their social skills and gain hands–on experience, among other advantages.

“What makes this summer camps significant and different from that of previous summers is that camp participants will have a chance to visit the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium,” Barragán said. “Of course, this is in addition to the camps being a great alternative to a day care.”

Since its initiation, the program has come to register an average of 180 children per summer. This summer will be the 19th year of its existence since its 1987 start at  Laredo State University.

Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible as space is limited. Registration will be handled on a first–come first–serve basis.

Volunteers are welcomed and are encouraged to take part in something fun, exciting, and remarkable.

For more information on the summer camps, please contact the Office of Special Programs at 326.2700 or e-mail program coordinator Jessica Villarreal at jesvillarreal@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu