Spring, Summer Camp Programs Available

The Alameda Education Foundation says it’s time to sign kids up for spring break and summer programs that promise to boost their academic, athletic, creative and social development. Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate.

As for spring-break camps, they are set for April 2-5, and include a flight academy, soccer academy, and performing arts and digital-media arts. Visit the Alameda Education Foundation’s website for more information.

Summer-camp registration, which started March 13 and is still open, includes programs in Mandarin and Spanish, middle-school math, carpentry, circus arts, marine science, soccer and other topics. The camps are taught by professional staff, and they are open to all students, regardless of residency or school attendance.

Sarah Olaes, director of enrichment for AEF, says that many families used to have to travel off the Island to find such diverse camp programs. Now, by partnering with the Alameda Unified School District and the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department, that’s no longer the case.

“All the camps, except soccer, will be at Lincoln Middle School, and soccer will be just down the street at the Lincoln Park field,” Olaes explained in a statement. “In the future, AEF hopes to offer even more academic classes, especially for middle and high school students, so that students will have more opportunities in academics than they can get just during the school year.”

Also, AEF continues to offer after-school enrichment at school sites while the school year is in session. This program was expanded to the middle-school level during the present academic year, with classes such as Mandarin and woodworking.

Janet Levaux