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Students build confidence, make friends at UGDSB’s Camp Lift Off

July 23, 2019

GUELPH and SHELBURNE, Ontario – Another great session of summer learning and fun has come to a close, as Camp Lift Off celebrated its last day for the year on Tuesday.

Camp Lift Off ran from July 3 to 23, 2019, at Taylor Evans Public School in Guelph and Centennial Hylands Elementary School in Shelburne.

Now in its fifth year, the Upper Grand District School Board’s free summer camp provides all-day programming for children in the Guelph and Dufferin areas.  From Monday to Friday for three weeks, students participated in a program that focused on literacy, numeracy, well-being, building confidence and more.

Students attending camp benefit from lessons in math and reading in small group and one-on-one sessions with Upper Grand staff and volunteers from local high schools and the community.

In addition to getting extra time to work on reading and math, students get to make new friends from different schools, while having a lot of summer fun.

Activities this year included visits from special guests like Scientists in School and Amy Tepperman from Moving EDGEucation, and field trips to the Evergreen Centre, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Terra Cotta Conservation Area and local libraries.

The camps also held multiple parent open houses. Parents told staff how impressed they were with their child’s improvement in their skills and the boost in confidence it gave them.

Students said they loved camp, especially getting to go on fun trips, special days like when they could bring their favourite stuffie to camp, and making new friends.

Thank you to all the UGDSB staff and volunteers who helped make this year’s Camp Lift Off another amazing experience for the campers!

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