KENANSVILLE — James Sprunt Community College recently hosted the first “Spartan Hour” summer youth camp on June 13-15, offering 20 students from Kenansville Elementary School a plethora of activities as part of the enrichment camp.
Campers in grades 3-5 enjoyed participating in a variety of physical activity stations, with the help of Duplin Early College High School student leaders and James Sprunt Community College staff.
C. Brian Jones, interim associate vice president of Student Services, shared that “Spartan Hour” is designed to provide students valuable life lessons through physical activity using the TPSR (Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility) model. The main objective this summer was to get kids active with fun and games, emphasizing self-control and effort.
Future plans are being made to expand the “Spartan Hour” to a six-week after-school program. The program will be held one day a week for two hours a day in both fall and spring semesters.
This continued activity will help provide a fun, free, safe and healthy after-school environment for local youth. Krisha Parker, early college liaison, mentioned that “studies have been done on the 3-6 p.m. weekday time-frame, showing students are most likely to participate in risky behaviors.” This after-school initiative will provide positive interactive afternoon activities to include assistance with homework and fun games. Plans are for both Duplin Early College High School students and JSCC’s School Age Education major students to assist with the after school activities.
Both Jones and Parker emphasized the idea of “putting the community back into the community college.” This interactive program of including elementary students, college staff and students is addressing this initiative.
More details will be provided soon for future after-school programs being held at James Sprunt Community College in both fall and spring semester. For more information, contact C. Brian Jones at 910-296-2505 or Krisha Parker at 910-296-2076.