Summer camps of all shapes and sizes have been a staple of the American summer. Children and parents alike prepare in anticipation for the few weeks filled with fun, excitement, and learning. For obvious reasons, things have run a little differently this year.

Some great discoveries came out of navigating the world of online summer enrichment.

Facilitators Kurt Bishop, and Justin Farley, CIS Site Coordinator at Cheney Middle School, were excited to give students exposure to full online learning. The plan is to make the transition easier for the beginning of the school year. The program consisted of incoming sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who were given boxes with supplies for a mix of individual and group projects. These projects covered everything from art to gardening to teamwork.

For Justin, this was a chance to connect with current caseload students, as well as incoming caseload students. Making these connections allowed him to start assessing their needs and figuring out ways to best serve them now that face to face interactions will be lessened. Justin is also excited about learning new ways to connect with and serve students. This was more important than ever for summer enrichment programs, especially those online. Because of this importance, Communities In Schools of Spokane County worked with our school partners to provide online programming for the students of Spokane County.