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Free Summer Camp Combines Academics, Recreation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2010

CONTACT: Erica Franich, Summer Sessions information officer, 907-474-7588, elfranich@alaska.edu

Fairbanks, Alaska—A new University of Alaska Fairbanks summer day camp will bring middle school students to campus for a month of sports, mathematics, academics, reading and team play.

The free program, dubbed the SMART Academy, will offer academics and recreation courses to 54 students. UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning and UAF Athletics and Campus Recreation are working together to offer the camp. Participants will spend mornings working on reading and math comprehension with certified secondary teachers and staff members. In the afternoon, UAF student-athletes will lead a recreational program that includes archery, basketball, dodgeball, wall climbing and more.

The program runs weekdays June 1-25 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It is open to students entering seventh, eighth or ninth grade in fall 2010, with priority given to low-income students or those with average grade point averages. Participants will be grouped by grade level.

“We are really targeting students who need a little extra boost in math,” said Roy Roehl, UAF assistant professor and facilitator for the program.

In addition to the all-expense-paid scholarship to the camp, each participant will receive a borough bus pass, a T-shirt, academic supplies, lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks.

The program is partially funded by a Workforce Investment Act grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Information and applications are available by calling 907-474-7021 (toll-free 866-404-7021) or visiting www.uaf.edu/summer.

ON THE WEB: www.uaf.edu/summer/smartacademy

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