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Summer camps fun -- recreation, art, writing, gifted-talented

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMONDParents looking for challenging, creative and fun summer activities for children ages 5 – 14 will find a variety of programs offered by Southeastern Louisiana University.

     Under the umbrella of Continuing Education, the popular Children’s Summer Day Camp and Art Workshop will return to campus once again.

     Session dates for the Summer Day Camp are: Session I, June 1–12; Session II, June 15-26; Session III, July 6-17; and Session IV, July 20-31.

     All sessions are open to children pre-K-6th grade; cost is $200 per session. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; however, early drop-off is available starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up is available until 5 p.m. at no extra charge.

     Campers should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, bring a bag lunch with drink, and a swimsuit and towel.

     Under the direction of Diane Cole, an instructor in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department, the camp will be held in the Kinesiology Building.

     Also back this summer, by popular demand, is the Art Workshop held in Clark Hall. Designed as an inexpensive, creative outlet for children ages 5–14, the Art Workshop runs from July 6-16, Monday-Thursday, and is under the instruction of Yvonne James, an instructor in the Visual Arts Department.

     The morning session runs from 9:30-11 a.m. with the afternoon session taking place from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per session.

     Registration for both camps will begin May 4. Applications can be picked up at the Continuing Education office located in the University Center, room 103. For additional information or to print an application for these camps, visit or call 985-549-2301.

     A special camp for academically gifted and advanced students is also being offered this year at the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School. Camp Discovery offers an exciting enrichment program to students enrolled in a gifted program or recommended by a teacher, in grades 3-6 for the 2008-2009 school year.

     The camp runs from June 8-25, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $90 before May 15 or $95 May 16-29.

     To register or for more information or an application packet, contact Mary Banbury at

     Also housed at the Lab School this summer is the Young Writers Camp.  Under the guidance of the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, the camp is scheduled June 22-26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for writers ages 8-14 and costs $195.

     Daily activities will include writing; connecting the writing process with photography and print-making; story quilts; poetry scramble; and many other creative activities incorporating reading, writing, and art.

     Campers will polish their work through peer editing, and work will be published in an anthology. The final day of camp, young writers will present their best work to parents and friends at a “Coffee House Reading.”

     For more information and a registration form, contact Camp Coordinator Beth Calloway at or Richard Louth at, 985-549-2100/2102.

     Registration forms and checks for the Young Writers Camp can be mailed to the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, c/o Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project.

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