America’s future and water bugs

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

That’s right: We’re shaping the future of our country, as we take kids to the Eno River to see real water bugs, as well as frogs, fish and birds. 

The Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, LEAP, which offers the only not-for-profit bilingual prekindergarten in Durham, just completed its two-week Summer Blast Camp for children 4-14 years old. Campers studied water, animals and plants -– through hands-on projects and play –- and read and wrote about their experiences every day.

Along with the information the students acquired, parents felt that the most important benefit of camp is that LEAP students “learn to relate to different nationalities,” and “learn how to get along with other kids.” These social skills are the key to students’ remaining in school and growing into adults who can seek and hold jobs. LEAP is developing a bilingual curriculum focused on improving all students’ language skills and welcomes children from English and Spanish-speaking homes.

LEAP began in 2008 as a volunteer effort based at several Durham churches (Iglesia el Buen Pastor, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church). In addition to Summer Blast Camp, LEAP provides  a pre-K and tutoring for school-aged children during the school year. It’s funded by its founding and partner congregations, the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and individuals.

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