NORWALK, Conn. – The Carver Foundation of Norwalk’s traditional summer camp has received a financial shot in the arm in the form of a $35,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF).
Carver’s summer enrichment programs serve 178 Norwalk children ages 5 to 13 at the George Washington Carver Community Center. Campers engage in hands-on activities led by certified science and math teachers and aligned with the Common Core State Standards, according to a press release from the Carver Center. Field trips will take campers to museums, zoos, nature centers and other destinations to reinforce learning.
Summer camp program partners include Girl Scouts, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and The Norwalk Seaport Association.
A new Freshman Summer Success Academy transition program for students from West Rocks and Roton Middle Schools who will enter ninth grade at Norwalk High School in September will also benefit from the grant.
“More students fail ninth grade than any other grade. Many ultimately drop out,” said Novelette Peterkin, executive director of the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, in the release. “Emerging evidence suggests that eighth-grade transition programs increase pass rates, boost enthusiasm for learning, improve academic skills, enhance self-esteem, and reduce discipline problems.”
For five summer weeks, future freshmen from West Rocks and Roton Middle Schools will engage in project-based activities and field trips with their new Norwalk High School English, math, science, technology, and history teachers. This program was piloted last summer at Brien McMahon High School. Principal Suzanne Brown Koroshetz said, “No freshmen were suspended for the entire month of September. This is a first in the school’s memory, if not history.”