The Durant Intermediate School is now asking for the community to join a golf scramble this month to sponsor a trip for sixth-grade students to attend Camp Goddard.
The scramble will take place October 26 and will cost $320 for a four person team to enter. This averages to be an $80 donation by each person.
The scramble will be held at the Silverado Golf Course and prizes will be given for first, second and last place teams.
DIS Principal Aaron McCoy said they are still in great need of teams to participate. He commented that most school staff will be forming teams and participating in the events as well.
Camp Goddard is an annual trip that provides hands-on learning through activities such as nature hikes, art, science experiments and sports such as archery and basketball.
Students also experience presentations where they get to see live exotic animals as well as animal skulls and skin.
They also get to enjoy the basic pleasures of camp such as camp fires, Smores and canoeing. McCoy said it is a once in a lifetime experience for many students.
McCoy said what amazes him is that children who have difficulty paying attention or behaving in class are taken to the camp for a week and have no trouble while there.
He said it gives such children a learning experience that allows them to relax and build confidence. “They start to think ‘I can learn this. I can do this,’” said McCoy.
He said the lesson seems to soak in easier when children enjoy learning. The camp also allows children to connect with teachers outside of a classroom setting.
Sixth grade teachers Gerri Goforth and Stormy Reynolds said that the experience allows children to see teachers differently and they come back from camp treating the teachers better because they get to know the teachers better.
“We’ve got to give them a reason to value school,” said teacher Shawn Franzeo.
McCoy said that his teachers are more than willing to give up their weekend for the scramble to make it possible to attend the camp.
McCoy, Goforth, Reynolds and Franzeo all said the camp is as exciting for the teachers as it is for the students.
This will be the second year for the school to participate in the camp. Last year approximately 171 attended the camp and this year the goal is 180 students.
The cost of the camp is $250 per child. McCoy said this is hard for many parents to provide which is why the school wants to sponsor as many as possible.
Goforth said the school needs 10 teams for the scramble to be beneficial at all. So far only four teams have signed up for the events.
To donate to the cause or join the golf scramble call DIS at (580) 924-1397.