BronxWorks Cornerstone Community Center staff were excited to be able to welcome elementary-age children back to summer camp in 2021 after COVID forced BronxWorks into hybrid in-person/remote programming, drastically reduced the number of children that could attend in 2020.
This summer, the Cornerstone theme is Cultural Diversity & Sensitivity, and the DYCD sub-theme is “Youth Empowerment”.
At the BronxWorks Classic Cornerstone Community Center, student groups started by talking about their own cultures, then explored the multitude of other cultures that reside in the United States collectively.
During those discussions, the participants and the youth workers thought about selecting countries to highlight. Each grade started gathering specific information about the areas they had chosen like the language spoken, the food, the sports, the cultural activities, and the meaning behind the flags. The participants also learned vocabulary words about the countries and incorporated them in a spelling bee contest.
On August 20, the activities culminated in a Culture Day showcase, demonstrating what they learned about the cultures over the summer. Kindergarten and 1st grade represented the United States, 2nd grade represented Mexico, 3rd grade represented China, 4th grade represented the Dominican Republic, and 5th grade represented Africa, with a focus on Ghana. The students each also learned some different dances having to do with the different areas they covered.
Working in concert with our Classic staff, we wanted to empower our youth about the climate of our world today and what they can do moving forward as a community, knowing that we are all in some way culturally diverse.”
Denese Mars, Program Director, BronxWorks Classic Community Center
While the Summer Camp program stressed education for the participants, students also had other fun during the day. A popular activity was computer time, where students got to play popular games like Roblox together online.
On particularly hot summer days, many students cooled off outside.
Children had a blast playing in the sprinkler in the lawn outside the center, with some filling up water balloons and have a water balloon fight.
BronxWorks is always excited to see our youngest participants have fun and learn and can’t wait for the school year to start!