Scholars attended Peer Power’s summer program in the afternoons from 1-5 p.m.
The rising seventh and eighth grade students were divided into three teams: Olympians, Athenians and Spartans for the sessions.
They rotated to groups engaging in social studies, math/science, and art/drama with ancient Greece activities.
After scholastic sessions, they participated in Olympic Games, which were either athletic or academic competitions.
The Athenians won the overall competition by a narrow margin with scores boosted by Keyshawn Horn and Nakiyah Robinson who recited the Greek alphabet for extra points for their team.
The Spartans were second and the Olympians finished third.
The scholars read Aesop’s Fables and wrote their own fables; learned about the Greek system of government; explored the origin of the Olympic games; identified Greek gods and goddesses; read plays about the Greek myths; made mosaics, masks and vases; studied the Greek alphabet and wrote their names in Greek; and learned about contributions of the Greeks to the fields of math and science as they made catapults and their own abacus.
Solving math puzzles proved to be added challenges.
“I’ve’ had a good time,” said Cheyemma Scott. “I came because I wanted something to do and the things we have done have been a lot of fun. I learned a lot.”
“Seeing young people have fun while learning has been rewarding. Our staff — Jon Calvin, Katie Steinour, and Jestin Dishman — have worked hard to make daily experiences exciting and worthwhile for the scholars,” said Anne Preus, education director for the Delta Innovation Foundation.
High school volunteers: Jakiyah Haywood, Latisha Nash, Telveonte Nash, and Fred Dawson have provided assistance with group activities.
A field trip to Jackson to visit the Museum of Natural Science and a tour of Jackson State University provided another opportunity for learning. Scholars also went to Delta State to make clay vases under the direction of Ron Koehler, Chair of the Department of Art at Delta State.
The summer program was made possible, in part, by a grant from Entergy and from 21st Century funds.