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CIRS, Patton College offering area children free Saturday day camps in January


Ohio University’s Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS) and the Patton College of Education are partnering to provide free day camps that are designed to be an enhanced training experience for student teachers while also providing a fun Saturday activity for area youth.

The day camps will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 17 at West Elementary School in Athens. They are open to area children in kindergarten through fourth-grade who spend at least 50 percent of their schooldays in a general education classroom.

During the camps, children will engage in social and academic learning opportunities in a “mock classroom” that will allow student teachers studying in the Patton College to practice and receive feedback on their developing classroom management skills. The children will participate in a variety of fun activities, including science and art projects, math games, reading/story time, group games and recess time.

The day camps are being operated under the direction of Julie Owens, an associate professor of psychology and co-director of CIRS, and Sara Helfrich, an associate professor of teacher education at the Patton College. CIRS, part of OHIO’s College of Arts and Sciences, includes faculty, staff and students interested in improving the ability to help children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems through school-based interventions and support systems.

Children participating in the day camps may attend one or both session and have the option of attending whole or half days (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.).

Parents are encouraged to register their children for the camps by Tuesday, Jan. 6. To register, contact Ginger Gagne, manager of the CIRS, at OUCMTraining@gmail.com or 740-597-2955.

For more information about the camp, contact Julie Owens at owensj@ohio.edu or 740-597-1074. For more information on CIRS, visit http://www.oucirs.org/.