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Wednesday August 3, 2016 at 1:58pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, Middle School


The sun came out just in time for Water and Sports Day of Project Cooperation, a school-funded three-day summer camp offered to all 6th graders entering the middle school in September.  Nearly 250 campers enjoyed outdoor fun, including tie-dyeing, giant inflatables, water-balloon games, and the mandatory dunk-tank.


All program activities are designed to provide a memorable summer while teaching 6th graders to work cooperatively, build leadership skills, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem.


“This program is a wonderful opportunity for Otisville and Intermediate school students to get to know one another.  All activities do a great job of acclimating students to the middle school, which helps reduce the anxiety of entering a new building, with new students and personnel,” said Acting Middle School Principal Michael Larsen.  


Each day began with ice-breaking games. “I really like the ice-breakers because it’s a chance to get to know others better,” said Christopher, who also tried his hand at tie-dyeing, quite successfully.


There were also group art and snack projects, skits around MV3/P.B.I.S. (Respect Self, Respect Others, and Respect Property/Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), a popular reptiles presentation, and a magic show. On the third and last day students reviewed middle school planners and code of conduct, practiced opening their lockers, and engaged in a scavenger hunt throughout the building. “This really helps getting used to the building and meeting Otisville students. I’m definitely looking forward to 6th grade,” said Jonah Podgorsky, a graduate of the intermediate school.


For any campers still waiting for a thrill, the last day also delivered a DJ, fried dough and ice-cream sundaes.


Project Cooperation ran August 1-3 and was organized by middle school English teachers Nicholas Prezioso and Jennifer Pagnanella, a seven-year veteran of the program. “This was our smoothest year ever,” she said. Working alongside 18 teacher counselors were 40 volunteer peer counselors, all high school students and former Project Cooperation campers.