It's hard to be positive when kids and teenagers are driving us crazy, especially when everyone is home for the summer. It's especially hard this summer as students are enrolling and participating in fewer activities, in an effort to social distance.
Here are some suggestions
The history behind Juneteenth is that on June 19, 1865, the enslaved African-Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free, though the proclamation had been signed two and a half years earlier by President Lincoln, long before the news reached these slaves. Confederate General Lee surrendered two months earlier and the civil war was already over. Union General Granger came to Galveston to inform the slaves that the war was over and that they were free.
Also known as Emancipation Day in some parts of the country, Juneteenth was proclaimed in Illinois in 2018 by then Governor Bruce Rauner to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the US. It has been celebrated for decades and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery. The holiday originated in Texas, where it is often celebrated with parades and parties, red foods like velvet cake, and some states honor this day as a paid holiday, the same way we celebrate Casimir Pulaski day in Illinois. The name of the holiday is a combination of the month of June and the Day 19th. It is also known as Junteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.
Nepris, a curriculum developer with careers in mind, is producing virtual summer camps! Career Exploration Begins on Monday June 15th!
These week long virtual summer camps allow Elementary, Middle, and High School students to explore career pathways across a variety of industries. Campers will engage directly with real-world professionals to spark their interest in future career endeavors!
Campers will enjoy a unique field of study each week, with a daily virtual experience and supplementary activities, all based on grade level and area of interest. Camps run Monday through Thursday for an hour each day.
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Check Out Some of These Cool Camp Sessions!
Professionals and content will vary based on the grade span of each week's camp
June 15-18 STEM WEEK
This STEM-tastic week will feature a bat conservationist, a fossil preparer, and even a polymer chemist who makes make-up for L'Oreal USA! Interested in the tech side of STEM? Learn how to build apps and how computers learn, too.
June 22-25 SKILLS WEEK
Campers can brush up on their life skills with sessions from Verizon and LinkedIn employees demonstrating job seeking / keeping skills, a magician, and even a former NFL player who will inspire students to become leaders in their community.
June 29 - July 2 ARTS WEEK
Get those creative juices flowing with sessions on chalk art, music and more! Learn how to turn your passion for art into a career by attending art school, ask a producer/director what takes to win an Emmy Award, or sculpt microbes with a biomedical engineer.
July 6 - 9 FOOD WEEK
Experience cooking demos from American Culinary Federation chefs, take a farm tour, learn about the impacts of food waste from the World Wildlife Fund, or even ask a Senior Culinary Arts Supervisor at Marriott International about being featured on Food Network!
July 13 - 16 COOL CAREERS WEEK
Who needs a desk job when you could be a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force or an agent for the CIA! Middle School and High School students are able to join K12's Job Shadow Week for free, featuring pros from Google, YouTube, and NASA!
July 20 - 23 HOW ITS MADE WEEK
Get a behind-the-scenes view on how-to from pros across multiple industries. Hear from Sphero engineers on how they invent robots, NASA's Earth Science Director on how to build a satellite, and how the Comms Team of the Golden State Warriors create marketing plans!
July 27 - 30 FUTURE WEEK
Launch into the future with a space scavenger hunt with Janet's Planet or a view inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Tallo will help you prep for your future career endeavors with tools on how to secure financial aid and scholarships.
We can't wait to see your kids at Camp this Summer! Email us with any camp related questions or check out the Virtual Summer Camp site.
Talking about race and racism with children and young adults can be hard for both teachers and parents. That's why CommonLit compiled this set of poems, informational texts, short stories, speeches, and more to help you get started. After reading texts from this set, families can use the included Discussion Questions to start a dialogue.
National Geographic wrote a great article about talking to your kids about race. The link is below. Here are some recomendations I felt were worth sharing:
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.