The Vine Street School summer programs are running fully in person and on site this year. The 21st Century program has collaborated with the Maine Discovery Museum to host four weeks of full day summer sessions for students in grades K-3. With one week completed, we can say the program is a huge success so far! Last week children focused on the exciting topic of beasts–both real and imagined. In the picture posted you can see that this student has been successful in capturing a dragon! Students made “Beastie Jars” to attract creatures of their choice by decorating jars with tissue paper and fairy lights. Children were able to capture everything from dragons to unicorns to mermaids! They were so excited about this project. On another day, realizing that attracting dragons could be dangerous, students made dragon repellent. For those of us working in the school over the summer, we can attest to the fact that the smell alone would keep any self-respecting dragon away! Using a combination of vinegar, baking soda, and fish food, students were able to create an exciting chemical reaction designed to keep unwanted predators at bay. We are happy to report that Vine Street is indeed dragon-free.
The Maine Discovery Museum has done a fanatastic job with this program. Students are able to continue learning throughout the summer. There are opportunities to discover more about exciting topics, participate in STEM activities, get some outdoor play/games, do art projects and just have fun! Thanks to the work of Good Samaritan, all children are able to enjoy a free breakfast, lunch and snack. Great job, MDM!!