Students' Educational Summer Adventures

December 16, 2013

Learning does not stop at OLQA when classes end for the summer. This past July and August, three exciting programs took place for the students of Our Lady Queen of Angels. A generous grant from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund allowed 30 students to visit Rye Nature Center. Each day for one week, OLQA 2nd through 6th graders travelled by bus to Westchester where they explored the Center’s 47-acre forest, attended classes to learn what they would find in the woods, and formed lasting memories with friends.

Third grader Elijah shared, “My favorite thing about Rye Nature Center was that I was introduced to so many animals. I met Apple the bunny, Popcorn the corn snake, and Big Mama the owl.” Yaneiza in the 4th grade recounted, “That was the best week of my summer. I want to thank everyone there for allowing me to have so much fun!”

The Marist Brothers invited students to their sleep-away camp in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley. Students, accompanied by Principal Walsh, escaped the summer heat for one week in late July. They played games, enjoyed ‘smores, swam in the pool, and participated in camp activities. It was a true retreat that allowed students to enjoy summer outside the hustle, bustle and noise of the city.

Other students participated in a weeklong program called “Harlem Summer Life” run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Nearly 60 students from OLQA and the East Harlem area took part in the program, which was a combination of camp activities and Bible study. Camp go-ers sang, went on field trips to museums, and learned about their faith. The students who participated in these summer retreats returned to school in September excited to see the new friends they made and to share the stories of their summer adventures.