Manville Summer Program
The Manville Summer Program helps each child grow in different ways, meeting new friends in different age groups, and trying new experiences. It provides children with a much needed reprieve from the rigors of the school year, while still helping them to retain the academic progress they’ve made.
The curriculum for Manville Summer Program is revised annually, and is geared around current events or social issues. In past years, we have explored history, issues, politics, and events surrounding diverse issues ranging from baseball to China.
The school day is broken up with classroom time in the morning and elective programs in the afternoon. Students choose which elective they would like to participate in each day based on their own interests, giving them added incentive to enjoy – and succeed at - the experience of learning.
Elective topics include art, music, recreational sports and games, and field trips. Each school – lower, middle, and upper – participates in a daily field trip. Children choose field trips based on their social development level; some activities require little community involvement, while others challenge the children to interact for a full day in an unfamiliar setting.
These trips help children learn the courage to try new things in a supportive environment. The staff to student ratio is three adults to every ten children, which is identical to the ratio during the regular school year. This close ratio empowers children to step out of their comfort zones, improving on and developing new social competencies, such as learning to take turns, waiting in lines and working on peaceful problem solving.
Every Friday the children and staff take part in a “Manville Block Party.” There is a cookout with special treats each week, like a popcorn machine, cotton candy or snow cones. During this time the children are able to co-mingle with students in the other age groups as well as all staff.
During the summer, previous Manville graduates often come back to work at the Summer Program as counselors in training (CIT), junior counselors or counselors. They assist the teachers and also help the children deal with their feelings, as they have the first-hand experience with the same issues. For most, this is their first job, and the Summer Program provides them with their first paycheck as well as a sense of accomplishment.
The Manville Summer Program provides the structure, academic maintenance, and free-spirited play that our students need. The Summer Program helps them to solidify the gains they’ve made throughout the year, as well as prepare them for new adventures on the horizon.