Summer Camp Keeps Students Busy and Beats the Heat




June 20, 2011

CONTACT: Ashten Adamson, 1-501-663-5541 or

LITTLE ROCK – UALR Children International is hosting the “Mind Your Own Business” summer camp from June 15 – July 13, 2011 at Wakefield Elementary School.

150 elementary students, K-5th grade, from six Little Rock elementary schools – Bale, Franklin, Stephens, Wakefield, Watson and Wilson – will create and implement a business plan. Students will learn about the importance of entrepreneurship and how to create and manage a business.

Each grade will choose to make its own products. Some past products included picture frames made of recycled cardboard, coasters, clay jewelry, bookmarks and t-shirts.

At the end of summer camp, the students sell their goods at the Little Rock River Market. All proceeds from the River Market sale go into the Children International scholarship fund to give graduating sponsored children a scholarship for college. The River Market sale will be held on July 12, 2011 from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.

UALR Children International Elementary Education Manager Kristin Koenigsfest said the “Mind Your Own Business” summer camp is unique because it helps working parents by providing a free, enriching and safe environment for their children ten hours of the day, and the children get to learn new skills and have fun.

“We help families by providing free services. The camp is free, they have access to our free dental clinic, and the students get free breakfasts, lunches and snacks,” she said. “We have the kids from 7:30 or 8 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon. The parents know where their children are and can trust that they are safe and not at home by themselves, sitting around during the summer or engaging in any potentially harmful activities.”

Students, also, work on literacy and math skills and attend numerous field trips throughout the duration of the camp. Field trips include a luncheon and workshop with law students from the Bowen School of Law, a trip to the movies, Wild River Country and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

“The children enjoy the field trips that we do every Friday, but they also enjoy the making of their products and the planning they get to do in their business committees,” Koenigsfest said. “This year, they are enjoying taking part in the Let’s Move campaign and learning Beyonce’s Move Your Body theme song for that, as well as learning how to recycle.

Koenigsfest said she loves taking time in the summer to have fun with the children.

“I love the chance to sort of let loose and have fun with the students. They have rules, and we have a structured environment, but our goal is to let them have fun and be kids! It is summer after all,” she said. “I also love the fact that they are learning about something that they may not know that much about, like business, and can try different things out.”

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