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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 and Two Rivers–Dos Ríos Elementary School, and, new this year, the Riverbend neighborhood. 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.
Springfield Engineering Camps
These camps offer a great opportunity for elementary- and middle-schoolers to work on some hands-on engineering projects like building roller coasters or Rube Goldberg devices. The camps are offered by educator Scott Ziglinski; visit www.elementaryengineering.net for registration info and more details, including space available, or click here for a flyer with registration info. Questions? Email Scott at email@example.com.
The camps will be held at Agnes Stewart Middle School (900 S. 2nd) and are open to any student throughout Lane County.
Young Engineers: Completed Grades 1&2
Design and build a roller coaster, a 7-part chain reaction machine, and an 8-wheel magnetic go cart.
July 1-3 and July 5 (July 4 is off)
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Elementary Engineers: Grades 3-5*
Build a bigger roller coaster, motorized go-cart, switch-driven chain reaction machine, etc.
June 25-28 (Tues - Fri)
9:00 a.m. to noon
Middle School Engineers: Grades 5-8*
Build a bigger roller coaster, motorized go-cart, switch-driven chain reaction machine, etc.July 1-3, and July 5 (July 4 is off)
9:00 a.m. to noon
*Note: 5th-graders and mature 4th-graders may attend either session; content is similar in both.
STEM & LEGO® Robotics Summer Camp at Hamlin Middle School
A free, grant-funded special opportunity is available for students who will be in grades 6, 7 or 8 at Hamlin this fall. Students will be able to work on a variety of projects that involve designing, building and programming LEGO® robots.
Students can sign up for 1 or more weeks, Monday-Thursday, July 7-25, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Lunch will be provided by Food for Lane County from 12:00 to 12:30. Space is limited to 30 students each week. Fliers are available at Hamlin, Centennial, Page and Two Rivers–Dos Ríos.
Summer STEM Camps - More details coming soon
This summer, thanks to grant funding provided by the Oregon Department of Education, the school district will be offering several exciting free summer camps with activities that are both fun and educational, including: LEGO® robotics; computer programming (through Thinkersmith.org); garden engineering; roller coaster engineering; and GIS—geographic information systems. Most camps will run for four hours a day, Monday through Thursday.
Details are still being worked out, and information will be shared with students.
Multicultural Camp: Our Cultural County
This is a free camp offered to students ages 10-12 with a variety of field trips, games and activities offered every day. Lunch is provided. The camp runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brattain House, 1030 G St.
Click here to see the flyer. Space is limited; call Dan Courtney for more details at 541-744-2581.
Safety Town at Mt. Vernon
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 15-26, M-F, in two sessions: 9-11:30 a.m. (sorry, this session is full) and 1-3:30 p.m. The cost of $25 is required with registration. Partial scholarships may be available. Applications must be submitted with checks to the Kiwanis Club. Click here for an application, or visit the Safety Town website for more information.
Teens who would like to assist with the program can click here for a volunteer application.
Summer Food Program
Starting on June 24 and running through August 23, 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 view the entire list of Springfield locations.
Willamalane's Summer Playground Program
Willamalane's free, drop-in Summer Playground Program starts June 24 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 Playground tab.) The program provides recreational activities centered around literacy, physical activity and positive character development. Its emphasis is on action, as kids play basketball, soccer, Frisbee, badminton, among other activities.
The program operates Monday-Thursday starting on June 24. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., depending on the playground site. Light snacks will be provided. In addition, most of the playground sites also offer free lunch from 12 to 1 through the Summer Food Program. Students must complete a registration form for each site they wish to attend.
Springfield Summer Reading Program
The Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program kicks off on Tuesday, June 18, at 11 a.m. with a free celebration at the Library Fountain Plaza. Kids can sign up for summer reading and get a free book and an ice cream treat. They also get treated to a juggling show and workshop.
Summer Reading Spots - More 2013 info coming soon
Kids can listen to story time and leave with a free book this summer, courtesy of the Summer Reading Spots, sponsored by the Eugene Public Library and the United Way.
The program runs from June 24 through August 15, Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m.
There will be three Springfield sites this summer: Willamalane Park Swim Center (1276 G St.), Meadow Park (851 Mill St.) and Guy Lee Elementary (755 Harlow Rd.).
Click here for a great list of more summer camp opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area from the UO website.
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