LEXINGTON, KY. (LEX 18) – Thousands of students are just getting back on track at school after spending most of 2020 learning virtually.
But summer is fast approaching and many camps are preparing to reopen for the first time since 2019.
“There’s nothing quite like hearing kids laughing and those ‘aha’ moments they have,” said Lee Ellen Martin, executive director of Explorium of Lexington.
Once school is over for the summer, the children will return to the Explorium from Monday to Friday.
“So we have 11 weeks of summer camps. The kids can come and spend a whole week or the whole summer with us, ”said Martin.
This will be the second pandemic summer for the Explorium, which operated smaller camps in 2020.
“Well, number one is fun. And number two is also educational. It’s fun and educational,” Martin said.
The Living Arts & Sciences Center, which recently hosted a spring break camp, is another non-profit that specializes in hands-on and fun learning.
“It was amazing to hear the students laughing and having fun in the building next week. It was the first time that we had hosted students at this center in just over a year, ”said Ashlee Collins, an educator discovered at the center.
Collins says that since the pandemic, the center has lost more than $ 200,000 in funding, but federal grants and loans have helped them stay afloat.
“Right now we operate the center with seven full-time employees, whereas in past years we had 12 to 15,” Collins said. These smaller staff are getting ready for a busy summer.
“I think the students are excited to be back in person and they’re just ready to get creative again,” Collins said.