Grant AME Church, Los Angeles
Willie B. Webster Women’s Missionary Society
Kirkland Academy For Excellence ~ Labor of Love Day Camp 2014
Coordinators: Lessie Thompson, Jacqueline Cochran, and Gail Johnson

Testimony From a Parent…

“It truly has been a labor of love on your part.  I don’t have the words to say thank you for all you have done (this) summer for my son and myself.  I had to shut down my business this past year because of the bad economy.  I had little to no money for a summer program or a family vacation, but Kirkland Academy for Excellence Labor of Love you gave us all of that and so much more.  Thank you and God Bless everyone that make it possible.” Parent of a KAE-LOL Day Camper, 2014

We are humbled by the out pouring of thanks and love from the families of the 60+ students who participated in the Kirkland Academy For Excellence – Labor of Love Day Camp.  The above note was from one of the participating families.  We touched the lives of 62 students and averaged 40 students each week.  The KAE-LOL operated from June 23-July 18, 2014.  The program was divided into four one week sessions built around a theme.  During the week students worked on reading, writing, and mathematics instruction at their grade level.  They were also exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts through interactive projects.  A field trip each week provided an authentic experience related to the theme.  These are the highlights for each of the weeks:

The first theme, “Let’s Race”, operated from June 23-27, 2014.  The concepts of friction, momentum, and aerodynamics were brought to life through morning sessions with “expert” Bill Woods.  Mr. Woods used on-line videos and actual demonstration to bring these concepts to life.  The KAE-LOL Day Campers created, painted and decorated pinewood cars and raced them during a real derby event and the week ended with a visit to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California and a trip to Go Kart World where they actually drove go-karts!

From June 30 through July 3, 2014 the theme was “Shoot Cameras, Not Gun”,  a unique experience that began with a photo shoot at the Watts Towers, in Watts, California.  Students shared cameras and took pictures at this historic site guided by award winning photographer, Clyde Gillett.  The pictures were developed and the week was spent writing stories, making flip books, creating collages, and decorating frames to display the photographs.

The theme for the third week was “Rockets and Out Space” and operated from July 7-11, 2014.  Fitzroy Younge, a retired engineer, was the resident expert for the week.  He focused on the STEM concepts of thrust, lift, and gravity.  The hands on activities and demonstrations brought these concepts to life for the day campers.   Videos of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program were used to prepare the students for a trip to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor.  Students launched a variety of planes, gliders, and rockets.  They also painted and assembled their own gliders and made unique paper airplanes based on the engineering concepts they learned.  The week ended with a trip to California Science Center and the Endeavor Space Shuttle Exhibit.

The theme for the final week, July 14-18, 2014, was “Under the Deep Sea”.  Students learned about life at the abyssal level of the ocean (2,000 – 6,000 meters under the ocean).  Under the guidance of Gwen Stokes and other staff, they learned about the concepts of bioluminescence, hydrothermal vents, and the food chain at that level of ocean.  They created a diorama that depicted the biome (life) at the abyssal level of the ocean.  They made animals and plants and used glow in the dark paint to depict the bioluminescence of the animals of the deep.  The week ended with a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific and a cruise of the Long Beach Harbor.

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