Students Work with Children at ACI-Funded Summer Camp
Eight Trinity students have been spending their summer working at a summer day camp for children ages 5 to 12 enrolled through Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois.
The internship program, funded by a grant from the Associated Colleges of Illinois, is providing Trinity students with the opportunity to work with elementary and middle school children from high-need schools. Activities teach the children about science, nature, health, and service to others.
Trinity intern counselors include: AkinWale Akintunde ’09 of Chino, California; Arthur Drenth ’07 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Elizabeth Dyk ’08 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Nichole Heyboer ’09 of Fremont, Michigan; Mary Beth Palmer ’07 of Tucson, Arizona; Anna Poll ’09 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Emily VandenBrink ’09 of Orland Park, Illinois; and Elizabeth Wessels ’09 of South Holland, Illinois.
Alumna Kelly Lyzenga ’07 was an intern counselor during the program’s first year in 2005 and is working as a program leader this year. She will be entering her second year of teaching fifth grade at Mckinley Elementary School in South Holland.
“I hadn’t planned on teaching in a high-need school until after I participated in the summer camp as a Trinity student,” she said.
The intern counselors received two weeks of training prior to the six-week camp. Through this program, the interns will develop competence in fostering a climate of care, respect, and the value of students’ cultures in the classroom. They will also develop creative practices of communication, instructional design, and implementation with children from high-need schools.
The camp experience was instituted three summers ago by Trinity’s social work and education departments. This year, the College’s psychology department is also participating. This program is also another opportunity to collaborate with Restoration Ministries, which has a long-standing partnership with the College. Helene Kaiser ’01 is co-director of the summer program and director of Project Intercept at Restoration Ministries.
“It has been a ‘growth’ experience for me,” said Nichole Heyboer ’09, an elementary and special education major who labels herself a “planner.” “As I’ve let the kids explore, it has been rewarding to see them grow and learn on their own.”
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