Harper Woods Schools adds to popular summer programming

Library to host additional summer activities

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published June 3, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Schools is planning another summer of learning by growing its enrichment opportunities to include more programs.

Some of that enrichment will include work in the district’s new greenhouse.

“We’re adding quite a bit,” Director of Academic Accountability and Student Services David Rabbideau said.

The district is going to offer everything it had last summer, including Lego Robotics, stop-motion animation and water-bottle rockets.

“We’re doing Minecraft, which was really popular,” Rabbideau said.

Since Lego Robotics starts with fourth-graders, the district is adding a robotics program for first- to third-grade students.

“This is more age-appropriate for grades one to three,” Rabbideau said. “They’re calling it Make Wonder Bots.”

The district also is adding courses for high school students on the topics of film production and audio production.

The district will offer popular coding classes for students in the middle grades, which will let them create comic books or their own apps.

They’ve also just added the greenhouse at the high school, which fits with some other environmental technology, including solar panels, that the district has added.

“They’ll be kind of kicking it off in the summer,” Rabbideau said of work in the greenhouse. “The whole science department will be using it in the school year for science projects.”

The summer programs will run from June 22-Aug. 7 in the afternoon.

For more information, visit www.hwschools.org. To register for a summer program, call (313) 288-8020.

The school district isn’t the only source of summer learning programs and activities in the city. The Harper Woods Library is planning some programs, as well.

“Some of our big programs are Drummunity for a kickoff and Javon Stacks, of Exotic Zoo, with an animal show,” Children’s Librarian Bethany Bruns said in an email.

“Also, we’re having a puppet show by Alex Thomas & Friends, which is a group that hasn’t been here before and I am excited about, because they seem really funny and professional,” she said. “Another new thing is ‘Reading in the Park,’ when we’ll get to have some outdoor fun at Salter Park. But the mainstay of Summer Reading is the chance for kids to have the freedom to read whatever they choose and earn prizes for time they spend reading or listening on their own.”

The library has a full list of its programs on its website at www.harperwoodslibrary.org.