RYE, N.Y. While most schools took the time between Christmas and New Year's to relax and recharge their batteries, the School of the Holy Child in Rye was busy running its "science and basketball" camp.
The camp, which lasted three days, had more than 20 girls in grades three through five who participate from all over Westchester County and beyond, with people coming from as far as New Jersey. According to Holy Child spokesperson Melissa Cortellini, the program was offered as a way to keep students engaged during winter break.
"This camp encouraged academic and athletic enrichment that both reinforces and sparks a love of learning and builds on student's interests," said John Pizzi, athletics director for Holy Child, in a statement. "Students love the hands-on activities."
The program offered its participants an opportunity to both conduct science experiments and shoot some hoops, with the morning devoted to physical activity and the afternoon run by science teacher Mike Clancy.
I liked doing the science experiments and playing basketball, said fifth grade camper Kristen Pagnani of Rye. "It was fun and I learned a lot."
The camp's success has inspired the school to offer a similar program on April 10-12, although this time Pizzi want to integrate a different sports activity each day and teach the girls about rockets.
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