In 1934, DuBose Heyward wrote “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” George and Ira Gershwin put the music and lyrics together for the musical Porgy and Bess. The song, “Summertime” quickly became a favorite jazz standard.
In 1958, the Jamies recorded another summer time favorite – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.” I sing that song in my head every summer at least 100 times. It is a snappy tune and you can remember the words because – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.”
This summer, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, a group of kids will be writing their own words in a summer camp called “Words Alive: Adventures in Writing and Illustrating Short Stories.” Students will develop their own story web; and from there the stories will take off! This camp, recommended for ages 10 and up, is June 5-8, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.
We have added two new camps to our summer listing. These did not make the catalog and you don’t want to miss them.
ART TROPICS will be offered on June 26-29, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, Decatur, Alabama. Artist Lessons ~ Projects ~ Music ~ Outdoor Activities and a ton of smiles, laughs and FUN! We will go on new adventures with famous artists, discovering their artwork and experiencing their techniques. This camp is for ages 5-10 and there is more information on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.
The other new camp is COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN CAMP offered June 19-22, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. also at the Alabama Center for the Arts. Have you ever wanted to learn to draw on the computer or learn Photoshop? This camp will spark creativity, engagement, exploration and individual expression. This camp is for ages 10 and up. You can find more information on our website or call us at 256-236-8260.
Two more camps will be held by the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. ART EXPLORERS, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – noon and DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, July 24-27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ART EXPLORERS focuses on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Be prepared to get messy – each day will be a brand-new art adventure! At the DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, we will have different STEM challenges based on Dr. Seuss’ classic books. This is a great camp for kids who love to create and build!
Do you have a child who loves to learn – even in the summer? We have the Kids’ Enrichment Challenge, June 12-15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This camp is a reading and math challenge full of enriching and thought-provoking activities. Critical thinking and reasoning skills will be incorporated into each exciting day. This camp is for rising 3rd – 6th graders. Call 256-233-8260 or check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL.
Our summer camps start in just two weeks. We have camps for future engineers, artists, writers, and chefs. You will need to register early for your favorite camps. Summertime is going to great fun at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262