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Breaking news: TrackTown USA and City of Eugene Recreation are offering FREE tickets to students 8th grade and under and their families to the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships July 22-27 at Hayward Field!
This event is an international event for junior aged athletes (19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition), organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It is held biennially since 1986. 178 countries will be represented by their best athletes. The athletes you will see compete could be the next set of Olympic athletes. Hayward Field is a highlight for athletes around the world.
Your ticket will provide you about 4 hours of access to the late afternoon/evening portion of the meet. Food vendors are available on-site.
To request tickets, click here and follow the on-line instructions. You will receive an email (it may take several days) detailing how to access transportation and pick up your tickets at Hayward Field on the day you attend. Recipients are encouraged to write a letter or sign a card at the event to thank the donors who purchased the tickets.
School-Based STEM Summer Camps
Hamlin Middle School
Hamlin's "STEM + the Arts," or STEAM, camp is offering a variety of hands-on projects. These free camps are offered through July, Mon. through Fri., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is provided.
Week of July 21: Gardening/Food Science
Week of July 28: Pottery Design/Yoga
SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE - students can sign up and jump in any time.
Contact Paul Griffith @ (541) 913-6624 for more information.
Multicultural Camp - Respect: July 14-31
This is a free camp for students ages 10–12 with activities around the theme of Respect: Respecting Yourself, Respecting Others, Respecting Your Community.
Lunch is provided. The camp runs Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brattain House, 1030 G St. Contact Janet Beckman at the Brattain House for more information: (541) 726-2581. LIMITED SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE.
STEM Camps Off-Site
STEM Summer Camp at UO
This summer, thanks to grant funding provided by the Oregon Department of Education through the multidistrict Content in Context Grant, the UO is hosting several exciting free summer camps with activities that are both fun and educational for students ages 9-13. All camps will be held at the University of Oregon campus, and the program will also provide bus passes. For more details: www.stem.lane.edu
There are three opportunities to participate in the camp this summer, Monday through Thursday. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
July 7–10: Green Buildings (tentative)
July 14–17: Magnets and Motors (tentative)
July 21–24: Solar Cars, Biomimicry (tentative)
Click here to see the flyer, or click here for registration information. The deadline to register is June 13.
UO SAIL Camp
UO's Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Camps are free to incoming 9th-12th grade students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The program is run by volunteer UO faculty, with different opportunities available at each grade level. Camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on the UO campus. Bus passes and lunch are also provided free of charge. Students in the program are also eligible for mentoring by college students on goal-setting, college prep and tutoring.
Week 1 Camps: July 21-25
Sophomores: Performing Arts; Juniors: Biology, Physics/Human Phys, Education; Seniors: Business, English/Journalism
Week 2 Camps: July 28-Aug. 1
Freshmen: Economics; Chemistry; Sophomores: International Studies, Psychology; All Grades: German/Scandinavian
Visit sail.uoregon.edu/camps/apply/ for applications for new or returning students.
Safety Town at Mt. Vernon: July 14-25
Safety Town is a two-week comprehensive educational program offered through Kiwanis for kids entering kindergarten this fall. Kids learn pedestrian and bike safety, school bus safety, water safety, and more. It's held at Mt. Vernon Elementary School, 935 Filbert Lane, and offered July 14-July 25, M-F, in two sessions: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. The cost of $30 is required with registration. Partial scholarships may be available. Applications must be submitted with checks to the Kiwanis Club.
Visit the Safety Town website for more information or to apply. (Application forms also available in Spanish.) Teens who would like to assist with the program can also visit this page to apply. You can also find Safety Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldSafetyTown.
Guy Lee Elementary is opening its library to students and younger siblings this summer on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30. Volunteers and book donations welcome - contact Sandy Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indian Education Program Opportunities
The new Springfield Native Youth Center will be holding various opportunities this summer for students and their families to learn about Native American culture.
Middle School: Summer Salmon Camp
Youth will work with tribal fisheries experts and leaders, address salmon-related field problems, and explore various educational and career pathways, while learning science, technology, engineering and math.
July 28–August 1
Week long camp co-hosted by Yakima Nation
Cost: Free; application required
For more information visit http://www.springfield.k12.or.us/indianed or call (541) 726-4301
The program also has an active Facebook presence:
Willamalane Summer Camps
Willamalane offers a wide variety of reasonably priced camps to keep kids busy all summer, including some engineering camps, a climbing camp, a Little House in the Valley camp at Dorris Ranch, a "Video Game Geek Week," and musical theater camps. There are also a variety of sports camps available, including a new Timbers/Lane United Soccer Camp on the soon-to-be-finished new soccer fields. Visit their website for more details.
Kids Create! Eugene (August 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hult Center) is a totally free day of youth arts exploration and inspiration. There are hands-on art lessons and performances every half hour. Click here for the flyer or here for more information.
Summer Food Program
Starting on June 23 and running through August 22, kids ages 2-18 can get free lunch at sites throughout the city, provided by FOOD for Lane County and the USDA's Summer Food Program. Lunch is offered daily from 12 and 1 p.m.
Also, Page Park, near Page Elementary; Guy Lee Park, next to Guy Lee Elementary; Douglas Gardens Park, next to Douglas Gardens Elementary. Click here to visit the FFLC website where you can download a menu and a brochure listing all locations.
Willamalane's Summer Playground Program
Willamalane's free, drop-in Summer Playground Program is designed for kids entering grades 1–5. The safe and supervised program runs four days a week at 9 neighborhood parks and playgrounds throughout Springfield. (Click here for more info or to see a list on the Willamalane website--click on the Playgrounds tab.) The program offers organized activities for kids to help them stay active, socialize, sharpen literacy skills and be creative with arts and crafts.
The program operates Monday–Thursday from June 23 through August 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. In addition, most of the playground sites also offer free lunch Monday through Friday from 12 to 1 through the Summer Food Program. Students must complete a registration form for each site they wish to attend. Register in advance or at the site.
Springfield Summer Reading Program
Kids can sign up for the Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book. There will be weekly bilingual storytimes in July and August.
See the whole summer calendar here.
Summer Reading Spots
Kids can listen to story time and leave with a free book this summer, courtesy of the Summer Reading Spots, sponsored by the Springfield Public Library and the United Way.
The program runs from June 24 through August 21, Tuesday through Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. (right after the FOOD for Lane County lunch program on-site.) The kickoff event on June 24 will include activities, prizes and a book giveaway.
There is one site in Springfield this year: in Springfield, Willamalane Park Swim Center (1276 G Street). (There's another site at Peterson Park in Eugene and one in Cottage Grove.)
**Volunteer readers are needed for one or many time slots! Click here to see available slots.
Kids in Transition to School (KITS)
KITS is a special free program for kids entering kindergarten that is being offered to families in Springfield's Promise neighborhoods served by Maple Elementary School, Two Rivers–Dos Ríos Elementary School, and Riverbend Elementary School. Funding is provided through a collaboration between United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel school districts and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
KITS starts with a playgroup that meets twice a week for 8 weeks in July and August. Students are taught pre-reading skills and social skills that will help make their transition to school easier. After school begins, the groups continue to meet once a week for another 8 weeks in September and October. Families can call 541-485-2711 for more information or to sign up.
Click here for a great list of more summer camp opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area from the UO website.