Abilene kids learn from HSU student teachers at summer camp


ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons University student teachers and alumni are taking time to teach science and literacy to Ortiz Elementary School students for the annual Dream-Catchers summer camp.

The camp, which takes place from June 13-16 and June 20-23, encompasses a variety of topics, including health wellness, fine arts and technology.

About 90 students from kindergarten to 4th-grade will spend the week doing crafts, learning about sciences, doing hands-on experiments, and making friends. The camp also offers two combined classes for bilingual students.

Student volunteer Stephanie Hord told KTXS News that the experience is just as rewarding for the teachers as it is for the students.

"It's so much fun and the kids, by the end of the two weeks, end up loving you," Hord said. "They don't want to leave by the end. That's something that impacts you a lot."

The camp gives student teachers enrolled in HSU's education program the chance to get some experience when it comes to a classroom full of kids.

"The camp provides a real-world connection in designing and implementing respectful literacy experiences," said Dr. Renee Collins, chair of the department of educational studies and associate professor of education at HSU. "By using nonfiction texts as well as integrating various disciplines and texts, we target the scholar's interests and academic needs."

The students will attend both sessions of the camp, with the curriculum changing for each week.

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