TROY Summer Spectacular to hold closing celebration

Posted: Wednesday, 01 July 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Summer Spectacular, a learning enrichment program for local elementary and middle school students, will hold its closing celebration on Thursday, July 2.

About 130 children ages 4 to 11 have participated in TROY’s Summer Spectacular program at Kelly Springs Elementary School, which is led by students in the Dothan Campus education program.

The four-week program started in June. It provides a fun learning environment for children while giving TROY’s education majors rewarding hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

The Summer Spectacular closing celebration will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Kelly Springs cafeteria. Children who participated in Summer Spectacular will perform skits demonstrating what they’ve learned and parents will get the chance to tour classrooms.

This year’s theme is “Moneyville” and it incorporated lessons on banking, finance and the history of money, among other topics.

Jason Tice, an education major from Enterprise, said he feels more prepared to teach after participating in Summer Spectacular.

“You can sit and listen to a lecture, but nothing compares to actually being in the classroom and working with students,” Tice said. “I feel more equipped and ready to teach.”

Brittney Layton, the Summer Spectacular administrator, said the program exposes TROY students to all aspects of school operations, from tracking attendance to overseeing afternoon dismissal.

‘This program is about running a school for 12-days each summer, so it’s much more than just what goes on in the classroom,” Layton said. “There’s a lot more to being a teacher than what happen from 8 to 3 each day.”

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Troy University education major Dawn Key of Abbeville helps a group of children make piggy banks during the TROY Summer Spectacular at Kelly Springs Elementary School in Dothan. The 4-week summer enrichment program provides a fun learning environment for children while giving valuable hands-on classroom experience to TROY’s education majors. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)

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Lauren Campbell, a TROY early childhood education major from Enterprise, helps a group of children paint a model store as part of a lesson on retail during the TROY Summer Spectacular program at Kelly Springs Elementary School in Dothan. This year’s theme is “Moneyville” and it incorporated lessons on banking, finance and the history of money, among other topics. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)