A girl is delivering a baby by Caesarian Section on her computer and then removing the placenta. Two boys are hard at work editing their story on the health dangers of marijuana, while a fellow student is writing her entertainment report on the hot boys singing group Mindless Behavior for What’s Up Magazine.
Meanwhile, down the hall, students are forming Chelsea Bank and learning the operating principles of financial institutions. Across the hall, students are running a television newscast, writing and broadcasting news, sports, and weather, with fellow students acting as newsmakers.
All of this is part of the unique Keep Kids Learning Program at Oscar DePriest Elementary School, 139 South Parkside Avenue. And learning has never been so much fun for the 100 participants wearing their UpGrade T-shirts. The mornings are reserved for reinforcing academics, and the afternoons turn the 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th graders into magazine and TV news reporters, doctors, and bankers. The program is free, with lunch and field trips, plus arts & crafts.
DePriest teachers facilitating the Keep Kids Learning Summer Camp are: Myrtle Harris, 7th & 8th grade science teacher; Kilah Bacon, intern from the University of Missouri; Deborah Butler; Donnell White, middle school math teacher; Clara Williams, 6th grade teacher & math coach; and Lisa Smith, Head Start teacher. DePriest’s Principal is Minnie Watson.