St. Paul Lutheran School gearing up for summer fun
By Yanira Ledezma
Are you ready for some summer fun?
St. Paul Lutheran School in Merced will be hosting a “St. Paul Summer” starting June 10 and going through Aug. 24.
The school is integrating fun summer programs and activities for preschool children ages 2 and a half through 5 years old, and children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The eight-week program will focus on a different educational theme every week, introducing participants to new activities and topics.
“We want to give kids a taste of different things in one spot,” Amy Mello, principal at St. Paul School said about the curriculum. “Helping and giving kids an opportunity to find their passion is one of our focuses.”
The program will run Monday through Fridays, 7 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and integrate learning and outdoor activities with science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic based curriculum. Each week will bring a different theme to the school, allowing students to play and learn with experience-based material rather than book and lecture-based study.
Music Mania, Fitness Fanatics, Animal Planet, Ohana Means Family, and Fixer Upper are just a couple themes planned out for the summer session. An integration of different creative, craft, educational, and health set experiences are meant to create an unconstructed form of learning that is fun for children of all age groups. Educational guests and visitors are planned to join in on the fun to extend the learning experience!
Principal Mello noted that childcare is hard to find in Merced during the summer with daycares and community programs filling up fast. The school buildings, as well as the library will be open to serve the community and offer parents who may not have other childcare options an opportunity to continue working or going about their regular schedules without interruptions.
“We saw there was a need for childcare for our friends and realized there must be a need for others in the community as well. Merced just doesn’t have enough daycares to serve everyone,” Mello concluded.
The summer program is open to the public and has already began its registration. The registration fee is $45 per student. Weekly rates begin at $120 for preschool students and $75 for school-aged children for half day sessions (7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Registration has no deadline and continues on through the summer even after the session has begun.
Registration packets are available for pickup at St. Pauls main office located at 2916 McKee Rd. in Merced.