Column: Many events, activities planned at SPACS this summer

12:02 PM, Jun. 7, 2013  |  Comments
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It's June, and schools will be out across Portage County. That will not necessarily be the case at the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools. Below are numerous events and activities that are open to any children in the area, and you don't have to be a SPACS student to take part in the action.

? Golf outing. Join Jack Bennett on July 29 for the annual Catholic schools golf outing at the Stevens Point Country Club. The event includes prizes and a dinner that evening. It is open to anyone who enjoys golf and/or a chance to hear some great stories from Bennett at dinner.

? Camp Invention. St. Peter Middle School again will host Camp Invention. Camp Invention's goal is to "inspire creativity and inventive thinking during a week-long (Aug. 5 to 9) summer adventure of fun and exciting real world challenges."

? Summer Blast. St. Peter Middle School will host Summer Blast, a summer-long "camp" focusing on service activities, arts and crafts, games, computers, science fun and lots of other activities.

? Panacea. It is less than three months to Panacea on Sept. 6 to 8, so our volunteers and staff will be spending a lot of time this summer with prep work for the end-of-summer festivities. The cardinal red Jeep Wrangler will be around town, and some lucky raffle winner will be driving off in it this fall.

? Sports camps (volleyball, football, girls basketball, boys basketball). There are any number of sports activities and camps run by our coaches during the summer. Many of our girls and boys also compete in summer leagues throughout the state.

? Pacelli garden. The Pacelli garden will be in full bloom this summer, if our weather cooperates. This garden provides vegetables for our summer food service program and for area nonprofits.

? St. Joseph's Early Childhood Center. While five of our school buildings will have less activity, St. Joseph's Early Childhood Center will be in full swing offering child care and educational programs for children 6 weeks old through 4K.

? Parish picnics. Throughout the summer, many of our parishes have their summer picnics. Our parishes provide a great deal of spiritual and financial support to the Catholic schools. These picnics are not only a great social event, but provide much-needed funding for their important work.

? Summer remedial reading program. Students who need and desire extra support in reading receive individualized teaching for several weeks throughout the summer.

? Summer Bible camp. Like any good faith organization, our parishes have a summer Bible camp and many of our students attend or assist with the teachings during this week.

? Summer teacher training. Two Pacelli teachers will take part in training for our new Project Lead The Way/STEM curriculum that is being added this fall. We are adding a technology and biomedical sciences track. We also will have staff and teachers attending a Diocesan social studies curriculum training in collaboration with Notre Dame University.

? Maintenance/food service projects. The Pacelli and parish maintenance staffs will be spending the summer getting the schools ready for next fall. Our food service staff will be working with some of the summer activities to provide meals.

Be sure to enjoy your favorite summer activities!

For more information, call the SPACS office at 715-341-2445 or go to

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