The educational summer program Cities in Schools is about to kick off its summer program in its new location at Will Rogers Elementary School.
Director Teri Tolbert said last year the program was housed at Charles Evans, but moved this year because of some logistical issues.
“(Ardmore City Schools) were moving some other classes into the Charles Evans building, teachers being displaced from that had to go into our hallway, and they needed us to be in another location. We’re extremely grateful for their support,” Tolbert said.
It’s not the first time the program has changed locations. Before Charles Evans, the program was housed at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Cities in Schools’ summer schedule is more or less the same as it’s always been. Mornings are more focused on curriculum, with lessons focused on reading, math and science, while afternoons are dedicated to field trips and activities, for the most part. The program also serves breakfast, lunch and a snack.
“Some of them are just for fun, we might go to the waterpark or go bowling,” Tolbert said. “And then some of the programs are educational.”
The Greater Historical Museum, The Goddard Center and the Ardmore Public Library are all common field trip destinations.
Camp Fire will come to Cities and Schools and lead STEM projects with students, a program that started last year. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Extreme Animals will both bring animals to the program for an educational presentation.
“We try to tie fun in with learning and hopefully the kids will enjoy it,” Tolbert said.
With roughly 140 students set to participate this year, enrollment has been closed.
“We’re excited about it and we’re very grateful to Ardmore City Schools for making that available to us,” Tolbert said.
The summer program will run from June 4 to July 20.