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Hudson Scholars, Tarrytown Arts Camp Highlight Largest-Ever Slate of Summer Programming

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and the larger Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community have always been committed to offering a variety of summer activities and expanded learning opportunities for our children. This year, with the American Recovery Plan providing extra federal funding for school districts to put toward summer programs, there were more offerings than ever before.

 

One such offering was the Tarrytown Arts Camp, which gave students K-8 the chance to create art in a variety of mediums, from music to painting to theater. This year, the Camp focused on the theme of ‘African Roots’ to expose students to styles of art that many of them had never seen before. 

 

Children K-4 participated in the Multi Arts Camp, a multicultural program that featured African musicians and dancers, hip-hop dance classes, visual art projects, theater games, and much more. Grades 3-5 also had the option of attending the Theater Creation workshop, which was led by actor, educator and director Josh Lewis and ended the week with a public performance. 

For older students grades 5-8, there was a Mixed Media Painting workshop, which was held outdoors and focused on paintings and collages inspired by African nature and folklore. For 6-8 students with musical experience, there were also two Music atTAC ensembles, one for instruments and one for vocals.

 

One of the most notable summer programs is the Hudson Scholars. Currently in its fifth year, Hudson Scholars brings promising students from underprivileged families in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Community to the Hackley Hilltop for academic enrichment, life skills and character-building courses taught by Hackley teachers. The Scholars, who remain with the program from grades 6 through 9, are guided by volunteer mentors from Hackley’s High School classes and recent alums. Summer programming for the Scholars takes the form of a full school day, with traditional classes like English and Math alternating with courses in finance, entrepreneurship and activism.

 

In addition to their courses, the Scholars also participate in field trips, team-building activities and community service projects. Recently, one “cohort”—what Hudson Scholars calls their graduating classes—began a multi-year project with the Tarrytown Historical Society to build a child-friendly, informational walking tour. Having just seen their first cohort graduate this spring, the Scholars will resume weekly tutoring sessions and other school-year activities in September as the program continues to grow.