Fulton Independent School’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers “Bulldogs Beyond the Bell” program kicked off their first of four summer camps last week at Carr Elementary School. Students were treated to four days of drama – an opportunity to learn all about theatre from acting to costuming to script writing. At the end of the camp, the students were able to show off their new theatre skills by performing in five Readers’ Theatre pieces. The fifth one – performed by 6th – 8th graders – was a script that the students had written themselves during the camp. Allison Butner, FIS drama and music teacher, and Melanie Hollis, a professor in the University of Tennessee at Martin Visual and Fine Arts Department, were the drama camp leaders. Another camp started this Monday and is focused on building STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) awareness. Students are going to learn how to build and launch catapults, how to build and fly kites and how to create volcanos. They will also learn the STEM skills required to complete each process. Space is still available in the camps, but only FIS students who have completed second grade through students who have completed seventh grade qualify to attend. The theme of the four camps is “Literacy is Everywhere – Incorporating Reading and Writing in Everything We Do.” The other two camps are set for the week of July 9 and July 14. They will feature a study of how different sporting events began and what the rules entail as well as a study of animals that make their homes in and around the Fulton area. The July camps will include a field trip to a Fulton Railroaders game as well as a trip to Land Between the Lakes. The four weeks of camp are funded with federal 21st CCLC funds. For more information about the camps, please contact Kim Jobe, FIS 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, at 662-396-1413.