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Summer program helps bridge a learning gap
Annual camp at Georgia Southern brings 60 children of migrant workers for education and fun
Georgia Migrant Education Summer Program camper Cynthia Rivera, 14, right, gets a soccer juggling lesson from Tormenta FC Team 2 player Alejo Binaghi during afternoon activity time at Georgia Southern University on June 23. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Each summer, the Georgia Migrant Education Summer Program brings about 60 children to the campus of Georgia Southern University for a two weeks of camps of varied educational, artistic and athletic activities.

The program is an extension of the federally funded Migrant Education Program coordinated by the Georgia Department of Education to help support the children of migrant workers with supplemental academic and social services. Georgia Southern hosts two week-long camps, each for 30 children, annually in June — one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers.

Camper Omar Isadoro, 15, shows off progress on his art project to counselor Cecilia Graham. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Campers receive rigorous academic instruction, primarily in English and math, in the mornings to help ease the learning gap often created by frequent moves.

On one recent day, campers visited with the Tormenta FC professional soccer team, then went to the Georgia Southern Museum, the Wildlife Education Center and the Planetarium. Art classes and evening reading time are also part of the curriculum, and soccer, dancing and singing are the favorite social activities to close out each day.

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