SHERMAN, TX – A new summer camp in Sherman is bringing the traditional outdoor activities and crafts together with interactive learning. It’s part of MasterKey Ministries' summer programs, featuring three week-long camps all with a different educational theme. This week it’s storm chaser camp.
"I really like weather because.... I don't really know I just like it, I like science,” said 10 year old Jacob Cunliffe.
And though Jacob isn’t in school, he’s still learning all the same. On Wednesday it’s all about the science of wind
10-year-old Jacob Cunliffe isn't in school... but he's learning all the same. On Wednesday it’s all about the science of wind, and Thursday it will be focused on tornadoes. The whole week is geared towards learning about weather.
"Every day they are learning something new and learning it in a way that leaves them excited,” said Julie Rickey, director of the camp and the non-profit group MasterKey Ministries.
Rickey started the MasterKey Ministries in 2008 after she saw a need in the community to help local kids learn in an interactive and effective way. She said most of her students are Hispanic or from low income families.
"We realized that the Hispanic population was increasing so that obviously was a need and we have a lot of people that are lower income families. And so we need to do something as far as looking and seeing what are the needs and what can we do to solve the problems,” she said.
Rickey also runs after school and language programs during the year. All of her efforts are geared at reaching out to kids.
"Children need to experience things not just by listening to a teacher, they need to learn things visually, auditorially and by hands-on activities and so that's what we did,” said Rickey.
This Wednesday, hands-on meant flying a kite. But the kids showed that they’ve been learning all week, and that shows that Rickey’s camp is working.
"I learned that from oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and every other water types, goes into the air as evaporation and turns into clouds called condensation,” explained Jacob.
And Rickey said knowing that the kids are learning and having fun makes all of her efforts worth it.
There will be two more camps this summer: The next is called Crime Scene Investigation in which local law enforcement will also participate in educating the kids. And the final camp is called African Adventure, which will focus on exploring other cultures.
To contact Julie Rickey at MasterKey Ministries, call: (903) 870 – 6014.
Their website is: www.masterkeyministries.org