Summer Enrichment Program

The last day of summer camp 2019

Here are hundreds of photos taken over one day while visiting various Carver summer programs. See the joy, discoveries, friendships, and fun experienced at Columbus Magnet School, the Carver Community Center, at the Nathan Hale Middle School talent show and awards, and at West Rocks Middle School where the summer transition students are watching "Bridge to Terebithia" following a pizza party (a movie based upon the novel read by the kids this summer).

Hundreds of images of Carver Summer 2019 in our Facebook albums

Carver provides Freshman Summer Success Academies for graduated 8th-grade students transitioning into 9th grade at Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools. Carver provides a Summer Middle School Transition Program for 5th-grade students transitioning into Norwalk’s four middle schools. Carver provides two summer enrichment programs for children aged K-13 at the Carver Community Center and Columbus Magnet School.

Norwalk Police Department officers bring ice cream and joy to Carver kids

In keeping with the annual tradition, kids from Carver’s Summer Enrichment Program at the Carver Community Center cooled off today with ice cream treats supplied by the local Norwalk Police Department.

Presenting these gifts were Sgt. Sofia Gulino and Officers Bruce Lovallo, John Haggerty, Chris Wasilewski and Jeremy Salley.

Lots of smiles and high-fives accompanied the fun that was had by all.

Carver campers go bowling!

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See all the photos here in our Facebook album.

What do 10 pins and a big heavy ball have to do with summer camp enrichment and learning? Quite a lot, actually. Believe it or not, bowling is a sport that touches on many aspects of school preparedness. Plus, it’s fun! We use bowling as a hands-on excuse to work on some learning skills.

Here are five skills and principles that bowling has the potential to introduce to Carver kids!

Self-confidence. Gotta love those bumpers. Our campers nurse a feeling of accomplishment every time she rolls that 6-pound ball down the lane. With bumpers on either side, she’ll avoid the ill-fated gutter ball. Instead she’ll get an instant boost of self-confidence as her ball knocks down, at the very least, one pin each time. She probably won’t realize that something is preventing her from the much-maligned gutter, but there will be plenty of opportunities later in life to learn about missing and defeat.

Patience. Some of our campers aren’t very strong yet. And there is no better way to observe this than by asking her to roll a ball 1/6 her weight down a seemingly endless alley. Bowling is not an instant gratification kind of game. It takes patience. Carver kids have to wait awhile for pin-crushing action: for the rack to sweep away felled pins, for pins to be reset, and for the ball to make its way to his anxious hands through the mysterious under-the-floor ball-retrieval system.

Turn-taking. Bowling teaches how to take turns and share the fun. Carver kids cheer for each other. Cheering helps pass the time and builds an unselfish sense of excitement at another’s success.

Hand-eye coordination and balance. Carver kids gain a sense of control and learn that they can direct the ball according to her release point. We show the campers what would happens if you tried to bowl at an angle, down the side or down the middle. A heavy ball can be awkward for a little person to hold, so this teaches her how to stay balanced, aim, and keep her eye on the target simultaneously.

Counting and simple math. The computer screen shows how many pins are left, so campers can cross-check the math.

What champions we have this summer!