Brandywine starting Summer My Way program with YMCA

Published 9:26 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

One year after it opened to rave reviews at Niles Community Schools, the Summer My Way summer camp is expanding to Brandywine Community Schools.

Supt. John Jarpe said Wednesday that the program — a joint effort with the local YMCA — would run from July 20 through Aug. 14 at Brandywine Elementary School.

It is for students who will be in second through fifth grades beginning in the fall.

“I am very excited about it because I think it will be a great thing for kids,” Jarpe said.

The four-week program is not open to everyone in the Brandywine community — making it different from Niles’ program, which was free to the first 300 Niles students who entered.

Jarpe said school officials are in the process of choosing approximately 60 students who they determine would benefit most from summer learning activities.

“We are trying to target kids that need academic work,” Jarpe said.

Once the camp is over, school officials will evaluate how it went and discuss the feasibility of bringing it back and/or expanding it to include more students next year.

“We’d like to see more kids involved,” Jarpe said.

Those involved in this year’s program will focus on academic work in the morning and recreational/enrichment activities in the afternoon.

Although most of camp will take place at Brandywine Elementary School, Jarpe said some would take place at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA and elsewhere. Brandywine teachers and YMCA employees will lead the camp.

“I have a lot of confidence in our staff and the YMCA staff that they will be doing something really great for kids in the summer time,” Jarpe said.

The community will have an opportunity to support Brandywine’s Summer My Way by participating in the annual Cat Tracks 5K Trail Run/Walk scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at the high school. Funds raised will support the summer camp. For more information, or to sign up,