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Oh, those long, lazy days of summer. It’s the perfect time for kids to relax, try a hobby or play games outdoors. But there’s also danger in having too much time on one’s hands or of losing valuable skills gained during the school year.

Fortunately for students in the St. Louis Public Schools, summer school opportunities expanded this year. And for the first time in their 50 year partnership, Springboard provided programming for St. Louis Public School District’s summer enrichment at Kennard Classical Junior Academy. More than 300 students enjoyed four weeks of dance, theater, storytelling and more. First grade students discovered other cultures in “We Are the World” with Linda Kram and explored rhythms, sounds and patterns with Nancy Love during “For the Love of Music”. Second graders got their groove on during “All That Dance”, led by Alicia Gbaho, engaged in interactive stories with Kim Madden in “Discovering the World”, and learned classic folk tales from master storyteller Daniel Romano in “The Heart of the Story”. Mike Brandenstein’s “MusicMaker” and “Picturebook Making” with Sandra Griffin provided creative outlets for third grade students. Fourth graders learned African drums and dance from Kunama Mtendaji in “Dance to the Drum” and continued learning from Kimberly Phillips’ “Afro-Haitian Dance”. Fifth grade students caught the acting bug and learned to think on their feet in “Improv Theater!”, taught by Branislav Tomich, and “Get Ready, Get Set, Act!”, led by long-time Springboard teaching partner/artist Suzanne Broddon.

Four week flew by in a flash. All agreed the partnership succeeded greatly! Soon summer will be over, and students return to the daily school routine. But summer memories remain. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!

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