Dateline: July 1, 2019
Athens State’s College of Education has partnered with Athens City Schools and Hartselle City Schools to provide teaching opportunities for Athens State education students and a fun summer learning experience for children across North Alabama. The free two-week summer enrichment programs are designed by College of Education professors and held at Athens Elementary and F.E. Burleson.
At F.E. Burleson, nearly 100 children rising into 1st – 4th grade had fun exploring the depths of the ocean as they learned all about the sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Teachers at Burleson partnered with Athens State education students to provide a hands-on learning experience for the kids, allowing the college students to gain valuable teaching experience while giving the children a jumpstart to the new school year ahead. Dr. Tina Sloan, Professor of Elementary Education at Athens State University, is the site leader for the program.
This is the third year that Athens State has partnered with Burleson for the event. The University’s College of Education has been offering summer programs with local school systems since 2009, beginning in Limestone County and then expanding into Hartselle City.
Athens Elementary also offered a summer enrichment program for children that will be rising to 1st -3rd grade. Thirty-two students participated this year and were able to enjoy fun STEM-based lessons and participate in PE classes.
In addition, Athens Elementary hosted a “chow bus” this year for students to have their lunch in. The bus was a former school bus that has been redesigned with tables and seats for students to sit in and eat lunch. The chow bus is part of a free summer feeding program hosted by Limestone County Schools, funded by a grant through the ALSDE and USDA. Children 18 years and under can eat free at the primary location, Elkmont High School lunchroom, from June 3 – July 11. Lunch is served from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.