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District to host Camp Invention for creative, science enrichment

Hamilton School District will host Camp Invention, a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities. The camp will be July 25-29 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for children entering second through sixth grade in the 2005-2006 school year.

Camp Invention is designed to stimulate learning by providing children with hands-on, interactive activities that encourage creative solutions. The activities spark the imaginations of children while combining science, math, history and the arts — but most of all, fun.

Camp Invention is a project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nationally recognized, non-profit resource center for creativity in Akron, Ohio. It is presented in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It was introduced to Hamilton School District five years ago, and will be hosted in more than 40 Wisconsin communities this summer.

Jodi Rupnow, Maple Avenue Elementary School second grade teacher, is camp director. Chuck DuFrane, elementary Spectrum resource teacher, is assistant director. They will head up a staff of district teachers and local high school or college students who will serve as counselors. The camp features a low staff-camper ratio of one staff member for every eight campers.

“Camp Invention lets science come alive for campers and gets kids to think out of the box,” said Rupnow. “It is a challenging and fun-filled program for children of all academic abilities.”

The $189 early registration fee lasts through March 15 with a cost of $179 if you sign up with a buddy. The price then goes to $199 through May 31, with an additional $10 fee after that. The fee includes instruction by licensed teachers, two daily snacks, all curriculum materials and a Camp Invention t-shirt. Call 1-800-968-4332 to register. For further information, visit