Sulphur Springs Elementary School is hosting a variety of summer programs for all of Hopkins County. There is Happy Campers Summer School, Summer YMCA, STEM, Cooking Camp, open library, and a free meals program.
Shelby Gibson, District Elementary Librarian for all of the elementary schools in Sulphur Springs, sat down with KSST to talk about the programs being offered this summer at SSES.
The Happy Campers Summer School currently has 120 students enrolled. The program is for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Summer school is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The YMCA is open to all students in Hopkins County from kindergarten through sixth grade. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. This program is offered through the YMCA of Greenville.
STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is available for students in the 5th through 8th grade. It will be later in June and the students will being creating all kinds of projects and working with drones.
The Hopkins County Extension Agency is having their cooking camp, it starts the second week in June and runs for two weeks, on Mondays and Wednesdays. “These students will be learning to cook, and we have a garden outside so they’ll be picking fresh vegetables and learning to make salsa, and learning about things that are very organic.” Gibson said.
“We’re also opening the library for all kids in Hopkins County. We’ll be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids will be able to come in and read or check out books, as many times as they want during the summer. Prizes will also be given to the students who read the most books this summer. We will also have a My-On online program, which is an online reading application. There will be a contest for the kids that read the most minutes as well.” Gibson explained, excitedly anticipating the contests.
One program Gibson was also excited to talk about was the free meals program. “The cafeterias will be open from Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, with free breakfast and lunches for anyone ages 4 through 18 years old who lives in Hopkins County. They will not serve parents, but parents are welcome to come in and sit with their kids. It’s currently the only free food program in town.”
For more information on these summer programs talk to Patty Garcia (for all summer programs) or Kristin Monk (for STEM questions) at the Sulphur Springs Administration Building or call (903)-885-2153. Veronica Arnold is the director of cafeteria services, and will answer any questions you may have about the free meals program. Her number is also (903)-885-2153.