Summer Enrichment at St. Stan's
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 17, 2013 | 2814 views | 0 0 comments | 411 411 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at the Summer Enrichment program at St. Stanislaus Kostka in Maspeth spent the last two weeks studying the weather and undertaking a number of fun-filled science projects.

Last Friday afternoon, the class presented their findings and put on a mock weather broadcast for a room full of excited parents and teachers.

Over the course of the program, the group learned how to build a tornado in a glass jar, how to collect rain with flower petals, and even how to read anemometers, a device used to measure wind speed.

“I wish it could have been longer so the kids could have had more time to work on different things,” said St. Stan’s Pre-K teacher Alanna O’Donnell. “I think that you see a big difference in the kids from last September and then in June and July.”

Classes were each targeted towards different skills, such as writing and creative thinking, to help children as they move on to the next grade.

Along with O’Donnell, the program was facilitated with the help of Mrs. Borenstein’s class of kindergarteners going into first grade, as well as Mrs. Magone’s class of first graders who are preparing for second grade.

Louis D’Ambrosio’s daughter Gabriela and son Billy just completed their first year at St. Stans.

“The whole school is like a family, everything from the faculty to the teachers and the parents, everyone we interact with every single day,” said D’Ambrosio. “They have fantastic teachers and we only wish it was longer.”

Natasha Diaz lives in the neighborhood and said her children Jorge and Caesar benefited greatly from the Summer Enrichment program.

Even though they missed their friends, she said they would not have rather been anywhere else.

“It was amazing and they just enjoyed it a lot,” Diaz said. “They loved this summer and this course, and we would just like there to be more.”

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