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Winfield Middle School hosting Putnam County Summer Academy

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
BEN CALWELL | Putnam Review
Putnam County school teacher Mariah Pearson leads Putnam Summer Academy students in a clay arts session at Winfield Middle School. The students include, clockwise from left: Mason Truly, Tallie Raynes, Gab Tolley, Caroline Tully and Tucker Hughes. The academy, which is for students who have already pre-registered, runs for three weeks, focusing on arts, STEM and dance-music.
Landon Chandler, left, and Kenan Skanes work at computers during the Putnam Summer Academy at Winfield Middle School. They were practicing computer coding using Kodu programming language. The STEM class is led by teacher Lisa Spradling.
Teacher Jason Skanes leads a dance-music class during a recent session of the Putnam Summer Academy at Winfield Middle School. The students, from left, are Grant Miller, Audrey Dowd, Emma Reynolds, Rebecca Hanson, Brooklyn Clore and Isbella Unroe.

For more than 20 years, the Putnam County Summer Academy has been instrumental in keeping students academically engaged over summer break with fun, hands-on activities.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade pre-registered for the three-week academy, which started July 10 at Winfield Middle School. The theme for this year’s summer academy is “Mad Scientist.”

More than a hundred students from Putnam County-area schools are learning about and doing hands-on activities related to art and music, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics.

Tonya Casto, Putnam County Schools summer programs administrator, who is also a teacher during the school year, said the Putnam County Summer Academy has been held at Winfield Middle for about the last four to five years.

During the summer academy, “each student has an arts section, STEM and dance-music,” Casto said.

Teachers from Putnam County Schools are on hand to lead the various academy segments.

“Each class is around eight to 10 kids,” she said.

Students registered in May for the Putnam Summer Academy.

“We get a lot of repeat students year after year. The kids in this program want to be in this program, and the teachers love it, also.”

Casto urged parents to watch for announcements next spring for the 2018 Putnam County Summer Academy.


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