Camp Sol and other programs keep young students learning this summer

A young boy proudly holds up his scenic painting.

Suron Alton plopped a blob of blue paint into a puddle of yellow paint in front of him and watched in amazement as he created a new hue.

“Oh, the blue makes the green color,” the first-grader exclaimed, as he excitedly swirled the paint together. “I get it!”

It was field trip day at Camp Sol, and for that day’s adventure, students huddled over canvases in the Bauder Elementary School cafeteria and carefully followed along as a painting instructor from Pinot’s Palette showed them how to create a sandy beach scene, complete with a bright-red crab.

Students at Camp Sol spend the summer engaging in academic activities and exciting field trips around town to help prevent summer slide. Camp Sol is a seven-week enrichment program that creates unique learning opportunities for students at PSD’s Title I elementary schools – schools that qualify for additional federal funding based on financial need within their community. The program is a collaborative effort between PSD, the Bohemian Foundation, BASE Camp, Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, and United Way of Larimer County.

A girl holding a paint brush smiles at the camera

While Suron was getting ready to paint a green bucket onto his canvas, first-grader Daniel Sepa was busy perfecting his sky.

“I made an upside-down ‘u’ to make a bird,” he said. Beside him, Arabella Slack Martinez painted a giant claw onto her crab.

Camp Sol is just one program PSD offers over the summer. At LINC libraries, students can check out books and attend fun learning sessions on things like yoga and chess. PSD also recently launched its Mobile Academic Classroom, or MAC, for students at Tavelli Elementary School. 

Camp Sol coordinator Mariah Martin said keeping students involved with learning over the summer helps them get off to a strong start when the school year begins.

“We want to make sure their brains are being worked out all summer,” she said.

A girl works on her artwork.