Harbor Beach schools use summer camp to teach students


Harbor Beach Community Schools is offering a variety of summer camps in June, July and August for the second year in a row.

Teachers had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects through hobbies or mediums that interest them. This reframing of the summer school makes learning more attractive for struggling students, 110 of whom have signed up for one or more camps.

“Being told you have to go to summer school to work on math in third grade can be a bit of a pain,” said superintendent Dr Shawn Bishop. “But saying ‘Hey, do you want to go to a Vex Reobotics camp?’ can look a lot more appealing when you’re like 8.”

Camps explore math and science with cooking, Lego projects, insect exploration, model rockets, and robotics. A constellation camp will help students learn through art and literature, as well as creative writing as they write their own myths about a constellation they have studied. Camps covering origami, drawing and sci-fi/fantasy writing will help students develop their creativity by creating their own characters and worlds.

Creativity will also be explored in the recently announced Dungeons and Dragons camp for middle schoolers. The camp was proposed by high school career counselor Brian Fuller, who believed that positive interactions, statistics, and storytelling could be learned from the tabletop hobby.

Fuller’s niece, Ginger Fuller, a junior at Oakland University, is a professional dungeon master (the host of a D&D game) and will be the DM for the students attending the camp. With Fuller’s teaching certificate and diploma, he can oversee the camp and make sure the necessary topics are covered during the games.

“There is something for every child that draws them to learning,” Bishop said. “You just have to find him.”

The Harbor Beach School District announced the new camp on its Facebook page; less than 24 hours after the poster was posted, four children had already signed up.

“Hopefully we’ll see that number triple,” Bishop said.


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