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JCPS spring break camps in session

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools are providing students with all kinds of activities this week during Spring Break.

The camps are part of the district's "Literacy &" program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It connects literacy instruction to character-building opportunities using grade-level appropriate books with themes connected to each program.

"We wanted to make sure it was engaging, and that we were really able to engage students in the book that they were reading, so the 'and' part is a character building opportunity for students to really have the book come alive and to actually participate in what the main characters are participating in," said Chrystal Hawkins, a JCPS resource teacher.

For example, at Byck Elementary, students take yoga class after they read about a mouse and how he deals with stress.

"So at Byck, they're reading A Fabumouse School Adventure, so the main character is very stressed all the time and so the students are able to think about what it is in yoga that they can use as calming strategies, breathing strategies, so they, like the main character, can calm down in school and life so that they can be successful," said Hawkins.

Students who did yoga for the first time this week say it's a helpful activity.

"Yoga can calm me down and help me focus when I'm writing and reading," said Kenneth Malone, a student at Byck Elementary.  

"When I take a deep breath it makes me less stressed," said Joi Elliot, a Dunn Elementary student.  

This year the "Literacy &" program is featured at nine different sites throughout the school district.

Each site reads a different book paired with its necessary activity. The various programs include aquatics, chess, culinary arts, karate, photography, robotics and yoga.

"We want to make sure that students are in a safe environment, that they are fed," said Hawkins. "Not only are they fed in their bellies, but in their minds. We want to make sure that they are engaged, that they are doing something they will remember and a skill that they'll cultivate for the rest of their lives."

On Friday afternoon, students will have the chance to teach their parents and family members what they learned about this week.

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