Week #2: Five full days of learning and fun!

What GovsPLUS student doesn't have his/her nose in a book? Read on, Erika!

What GovsPLUS student doesn’t have his/her nose in a book? Read on, Erika!

Yet another successful week at GovsPLUS! The students arrived on campus Monday morning excited and energetic to be back. This week the students attended normal classes and a special class with Mrs. Allen to determine their personality and learning styles. She provided the students with different studying techniques which they could use in the future.

Ayanna takes a learning profile assessment to help understand her strengths as a learner

Ayanna takes a learning profile assessment to help understand her strengths as a learner

Tuesday morning the students worked together down at the garden with Mr. Swift. After a quick tour of the organic garden they learned the basics to gardening and tips on having a ‘green thumb’.

Mr. Swift gives a tour of the organic garden

Mr. Swift gives a tour of the organic garden

Students check out the compost pile... careful! It's hot!

Students check out the compost pile… careful! It’s hot!

Stacey helps with the hose as Chynna washes up

Stacey helps with the hose as Chynna washes up

The 7th graders were introduced to a dance class taught by Katy Maina ‘15 who joined us this week for the rest of the summer.

7th graders work on their classical moves with Katy!

7th graders work on their classical moves with Katy!

Afternoon activities were jam-packed with games of kickball, Jeopardy, large group charades, and a special afternoon of 4 art stations.

Shea is hard at work at the mosaic art station

Shea is hard at work at the mosaic art station

Stervin design his own t-shirt at Katy's decorating station

Stervin design his own t-shirt at Katy’s decorating station

Chabeli and Gleanys build abstract meditative pieces

Chabeli and Gleanys build abstract meditative pieces

Friday the students and staff hopped on the bus and landed in Worcester, MA for our first field trip Friday! They arrived on the campus of Clark University to be greeted by their tour guide for the day, Gov’s alum Jalina Suggs ‘13, whom returning students were very excited to see as she was a staff member at GovsPLUS last summer.

JALINA!!!

JALINA!!!

Students check out classroom buildings at Clark University

Students check out classroom buildings at Clark University

Visiting a freshman dorm and some down time for Q&A... GovsPLUS has a lot of questions about college!

Visiting a freshman dorm and some down time for Q&A… GovsPLUS has a lot of questions about college!

Chloe, Rafael, Martha, and Jessica fit right in! #collegebound

Chloe, Rafael, Martha, and Jessica fit right in! #collegebound

We Love Our Very Special Tour Guide! Thanks, Jalina!

We Love Our Very Special Tour Guide! Thanks, Jalina!

After the tour we all had lunch in a green space at Clark then hopped over to Worcester Historical Museum. There the students had a blast. They learned about the Civil War and the origin of the ‘Smiley Face.’ They were able to make their own smiley faces, pose for pictures with ‘Smiley,’ and dress up for a photo booth.

Did you know the smiley face was invented in Worcester?

Did you know the smiley face was invented in Worcester?

 

Estebanya, Ayanna, Leonelys, and Christian get geared up for the photo booth fun!

Estebanya, Ayanna, Leonelys, and Christian get geared up for the photo booth fun!

A civil war enthusiast shows students a real Unions soldier's supplies... this musket is the real thing!

A civil war enthusiast shows students a real Unions soldier’s supplies… this musket is the real thing!

It has been an amazing week at GovsPLUS! Two weeks down, three more action-packed weeks to go!

Christian is thrilled to pose with "Smiley"

Christian is thrilled to pose with “Smiley”

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