Monday was the first day of the Spanish Camp held at Havre High School, coordinated by the Havre High School Spanish Club. This is the first year of the program and was offered to students in first through fifth grades.
Attendance for the first day was high. Forty-one kids appeared for the camp, which ran Monday through Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Marie Deegan, high school Spanish teacher and one of two Spanish Club advisors, said that the program had many purposes, such as teaching young people culture and language, and increasing interest in the Spanish language.
Kyanna Jarvis, 7, wears her handmade sombrero during Havre High School Spanish Camp Wednesday afternoon.
Brittany Garden, Spanish Club member, said that another function of the program was to raise money for a trip to Spain planned for the 2013-14 school year.
High school students not only prepared the curriculum for the camp, but also taught it. Monday’s curriculum included colors, numbers, and names, said camp participant Grayce Harada. Students then played Twister, red light-green light and I-spy to use their newly acquired knowledge.
The rest of the week, students enjoyed games, Spanish songs and dances, and crafts, including making sombreros, maracas,and “papel picado,” a decoration that was used Thursday for a fiesta.
Kjehl Campbell, participant in the program, said that he was enjoying the activities.
“I liked it when we did the colors, and lots of stuff was fun.”