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Fall Enrichment Camp Oct. 7-10
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Students in a previous enrichment camp during Spring Break watch as Mya Thomas, veterinarian with Wellspring Animal Hospital in Covington, demonstrates scanning Jet the Whippet with an ultrasound in the "All About Pets" class. - photo by Michelle Kim

Rockdale County students can spend their fall break next week learning about the habitats of Georgia or culture from various regions during the annual Enrichment Camp. Fall Enrichment Camp will be held at the Rockdale Career Academy during the week of fall break, Oct. 7 -10 from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.

RCPS invited 1,869 students to attend the camp, including 1,126 elementary school students in second through fifth grades and 743 middle school students.  Students who had met the standards for the previous grade were eligible for Enrichment Camp. Middle school students were offered a choice between two courses, and elementary students will take one of four courses.

During the camp, second-graders will learn about the habitats of Georgia by studying plants, animals, and ecosystems through original songs or raps; third-graders will study Creepy Crawlers, finding out what bugs eat and which bugs are edible; fourth-graders will learn about the Caribbean by exploring the port towns that pirates visited; and fifth-graders will be Exploring Art through Mixed Mediums, learning about the various mediums of art through hands-on experience.

Middle school students may take Cooking Up Culture, studying places and exotic foods from Africa and Japan; or Fall Crafting Fun, learning about pumpkin painting, pie baking, and various other fun fall crafts.

The cost for the camp is $50 per student.

"The RCPS Enrichment Camp continues to be popular among students and parents because of the high level of instruction that students receive, as well as the interesting course options," said Joanna Anglin, academic rigor coordinator in the Office of School Improvement at RCPS.

"Additionally, we are expanding our course options to include Advanced Placement study courses and an SAT preparation course for our high school students.”

RCPS hopes to serve more students in Rockdale County by opening up the program to homeschool and private school students who are Rockdale County residents and can provide evidence of meeting the standards in all classes last school year. Payment, in the form of cash only, is accepted at the RCPS business services office at 954 North Main St. in Conyers between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Oct. 4 and at RCA on the morning of Oct. 7.

Due to the popularity of the Enrichment Camp, spaces are limited for several of the courses. However, students are welcome to continue to apply through the end of the week.