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Beyond the Books: Summit Schools offers Halloween-themed experience for little learners

The private nonprofit school offered a Halloween-themed camp on October 30 running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., where 43 kids ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade visited Indian Creek Nature Center for an up-close experience with some "creepy, crawling creatures of the night."

With Halloween just a day away, many Corridor families are gearing up for the fall fashion festivities.

October 30 is All Hallows' Eve Eve, and some school districts have a scheduled in-service day, leaving parents to look for other options for their children.

For the past three school years, Summit Schools has offered day camps for such occasions, providing engaging and educational programming for kids even on their off days.

The private nonprofit school offered a Halloween-themed camp on October 30 running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., where 43 kids ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade visited Indian Creek Nature Center for an up-close experience with some "creepy, crawling creatures of the night."

The students rotated between activities, from indoor stargazing to owl pellet examination.

Perhaps the highlight of the pre-Halloween camp was an encounter with two rescue owls, with trainers teaching students how to mimic the familiar sounds of the nocturnal birds.

Learning Extension Camps Director Shannon Salmon said this is the third year Summit Schools has offered these opportunities for students, which allows them to socialize.

"What's really neat is they're with all different kids, so you're gonna meet kids you wouldn't necessarily have a chance to meet," said Salmon, "and I think that's the biggest thing that strikes me with these is kids are always making these new friendships."

The next in-service day camp with be offered November 10 at Lowe Park in Marion.

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