SHERMAN, TX - 'Texas After School Centers on Education', or 'ACE' programs provide a structured, safe place for kids to continue learning after school hours. In Sherman, ACES students are back in the classroom this summer, having fun and learning at the same time.
Scientific discovery can be an exciting thing and for a group of Sherman students taking part in the Summer ACES program it can be even more than that. But it's not all fun and games, beneath the laughter there is learning.
"I am learning chemical reaction and air pressure and state of matter," said Madisyn Dwatney, a student in the program.
The ACES program is operated by the Texas Education Agency and during the school year, it offers before and after school programs to kids who need help in the classroom.
The program has been so successful that it has now been expanded into the summer months. Students are also taking part in service learning, finding ways to help those around them.
"The students have come up with quite a few ideas about what our community needs." said site manager Jackie Newkirk.
While summer ACES has lots of activities planned to keep students busy learning for now the kids are focused on the science, some are even thinking about becoming scientists themselves.
"I want to be a meteorologist and an astronomer," said Dwatney.