Morrisville School District 21st Century Community Learning Centers (MSD 21st CCLC) provides after-school and summer programming that enriches and supports student learning and development. Funding for the MSD 21st CCLC is provided by the federal government through Pennsylvania Department of Education.
MSD 21st CCLC had a busy summer of programs that included academic enrichment, community service, music, and sports. Their Academic Sports Achievement Program (ASAP) Summer Camp ran for five weeks. This camp was for students entering second to 12th grade. The camp was divided into an elementary and middle/senior camp. The campers participated in an academic portion (English and math) and a sports portion (which they chose). Sports included basketball, softball, kickball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball.
The campers all went on trips once a week. These trips included bowling, movies, and an amusement park. Reading Enrichment was a program to assist struggling students with their summer reading material. The students went to the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to bring to life the books they were reading.
Ninth and 10th grade students from Morrisville High School participated in a MSD 21st CCLC “Seed to Fork Experience” at Snipes Farm. The students experienced what it is like to run a farm. They learned how to grow their own food, plant seeds, tend crops, and harvest fruits and vegetables. The students cared for and tended to farm animals (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and horses).
The Morrisville Middle/Senior High School Environmental Club had a unique opportunity through MSD 21st CCLC and Wheelabrator Falls (a Waste Management company). Students assisted Wheelabrator in working toward a certification as a wildlife preserve by planting a butterfly garden and getting it certified as a Monarch Way station, assembling a compost bin, tagging both native and non-native species of trees, removing invasive plants, and building birdhouses.
MSD 21st CCLC sponsored nine Morrisville students in 10th and 11th grade to participate in the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. The program runs for four days and includes individual, group, and community activities, personal growth, development of professional skill sets. Students visit locals businesses where they learn leadership styles and networking.
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a program that immerses students in the world of business. Through MSD 21st CCLC, four Morrisville High School seniors participated, learning about business ethics, finance and banking, international trade, marketing and advertising, and labor issues. The students are put into teams that present two comprehensive oral presentations – one an actual “annual meeting” before imaginary stockholders, and a second “marketing/advertising presentation” complete with television, radio, print and Web site design.
MSD 21st CCLC enabled students in sixth through 12th grade to attend a performing arts camp through Downstage Center and Actors Net. They learned about musical theater, puppetry, TV commercials, bucket drumming, twirling and circus arts. The students also studied dance and acting. At the conclusion of the performing camp, a full-length original production was put on which was a quartet of mini-musicals: “Memphis Mayhem,” “Beach Bash,” “Jane Blond,” and “Talk Show.”
PHOTO CAP: The Morrisville Middle/Senior High School Environmental Club visits Wheelabrator Falls, front row from left: Lauren Findley, Katherine Manning, Ella Coscia, Katie Haug, and Brynne Brown; middle row, Sherrell Mosby (Lower Bucks YMCA), Allen Yu, Corrine Arnoldy, Matthew Morein, and Carli Goodgion; back row, David Greenfield, Christine Morris, Theo Nusire, Brianna Morgal, Rebecca Bolton, Elijah Tyson-Thomas, and Bria Brown.