- This piece is very short—less than 200 words—but I count at least seven lofty goals crammed into the brief discussion of a five-week summer camp program currently being held at Case Western Reserve University. While some of those goals seem small scale (“how to love people”), others are quite a bit bigger (“kids can be inspired to go to college”) and most of them seem aspirational as described. (Spectrum News 1, 6/29/22)
- Meanwhile, in Cleveland Heights City Schools, summer music camp is rhapsodized as “magical” and “meaningful” in this (much longer) op-ed written by a former student and present-day camp counselor. And she explains her points in depth. The growth of students that she has witnessed (“in confidence, in joy, and in musical skills”) is also “breathtaking”, she writes. “This is especially true considering that our campers are students in a public school district that is designated as ‘failing.’ At camp, they proved that they are not undertalented or unreachable, but that they can blossom with appropriate attention.” I’m not sure that any of that matters to the academic rating of the district, but even if it does, residents should not bother to inquire about getting their kids a piece of the magic. Camp was only five days long, limited in size, and it’s been over for weeks. Summer goes so fast these days, doesn’t it? (Cleveland.com, 6/29/22)
- A bittersweet summer in Massillon, where it was announced this week that St. Barbara Catholic School will not reopen next year due to low enrollment. (Akron Beacon Journal, 6/27/22)
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