Making Summer School Fun
Their learning curriculum includes cooking, ice-cream making, go-cart building, scrapbooking, photography and magic.
In Carol Stoddart's third grade class, those are incentives to come to summer school.
"Anytime kids are enjoying what they are doing, and doing it hands on, they will learn more," she explained.
Columbia Public Schools are taking part in the Summer Adventure Program for the third straight year.
"Lots of fun things that students are able to [do] that really are educational but are still fun," said Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Cozette. "And we believe that it is summer time and students need to have time to engage in those activites."
The free program includes grades K-8, where students learn core subjects during the first part of the day, then enjoy fun classes for the final two hours.
"I've got some really good kids and I'm enjoying what I'm teaching and, like I said, it's fun and learning mixed together," added Stoddart.
There are also other incentives. Each student with perfect attendance this summer gets a $100 gift card. Students who miss only one day get $75 gift cards, while those who miss only two days get $50 cards. The session ends July 14.