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Wallace Center to hold readiness and life skills camps

Wallace Center to hold readiness and life skills camps

August is shaping up to be a busy month at the Wallace Center in Raceland.

According to center director Heather Benoit, the center will hold three camps before launching this school year’s Beyond the Bell program.

Beyond the Bell seeks to assist children and teens with their homework along with providing enrichment activities Monday through Thursday at the center.

With Lafourche Parish kindergarten students returning to school Wednesday, August 19, Benoit has scheduled a readiness camp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 10-13 at the center, 3608 La. 308.

Children entering kindergarten at Raceland Lower Elementary this year are invited to attend the camp, Benoit said.

Thirty spots are available and lunch will be served each day.

“The children will practice kindergarten skills and engage in age appropriate games. My goal is to help these students begin building the skills before they actually enter the classroom,” Benoit said.

The Wallace Center will also host two Health and Life Skills camps the weeks of Aug. 17-20 and Aug. 24-27.
The camp for students preparing to attend Raceland Middle School will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. August 17-20 with 20 open spots available and a snack provided each day.

“During this camp, the girls will engage in the Smart Girls program and the boys will engage in the Passport to Manhood program. Since middle school is such a big transition for many students, we wanted to provide resources to the youth of the Central Lafourche area to help them blossom into responsible and motivated young adults,” Benoit said.

The second camp scheduled for Aug. 24-27 for children ages 6-11 will be held daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and focus on teaching youth members about healthy eating and life habits through the use of the Smart Moves Program.

“The children will engage in group discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence,” Benoit said. “Students will be taught safe internet and media use and other life skills.”

Benoit added 30 spots are available for this camp and a snack will be provided each day.

Anyone interested in signing up their children for these camp are asked to email Benoit at