Reading, Writing, and Robotics: Dream Camp at Trinity College

Hartford-Area Youth Learn Lessons Beyond the Classroom

​Hartford, Connecticut, August 18, 2016 – Trinity College hosted 240 students ages 6 to 17 from the Hartford area during its 19th annual Dream Camp. The five-week summer camp and year-round academic mentoring program kicked off on June 27 with activities that reach beyond a traditional classroom. The objectives of Dream Camp are to enhance out-of-school educational opportunities for Hartford’s children, develop confidence and academic skills, improve success in school, and build interest in pursuing and persisting in higher education.

Tim O’Connor, executive director of The Barnes Foundation, attends lunch in Mather Dining Hall served by Jamell Harding
​Tim O’Connor, executive director of The Barnes Foundation, attends lunch in Mather Dining Hall served by Jamell Harding.
Photo by Defining Studios
Tim O’Connor, executive director of The Barnes Foundation ― one of the funders that generously invest in Dream Camp ― saw firsthand the impact of his organization’s philanthropy during a recent visit on campus. Students participated in sessions that included robotics, literacy, music, fitness, and healthy living and nutrition. New this year was an hour-long campus tour of Trinity for older campers, facilitated by the Office of Admissions, which was followed by an inspirational talk by Paul Assaiante P’06, coach of Trinity’s men’s squash team. Students who are preparing to apply to college also engaged in writing essays and in SAT preparation. Middle-school-aged children participated in a robotics curriculum led by Giselle Garcia ’16 and Khari-Elijah Jarrett ’16, and in swimming and basketball. Younger campers took a guitar class and were involved in a daily reading program. The packed agenda included a family-style farm-to-fork dining experience at Mather Dining Hall, where the children enjoyed lunch while learning about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.

“It’s always exciting to see the programs we support in action and to see students so engaged in their summer studies,” said O’Connor. “The day I attended was ‘Taco Tuesday,’ and the children’s enthusiasm was obvious. From creating taco-themed artwork to serving tacos for lunch, there was a real sense of fun, respect, and teamwork. The Barnes Foundation is so honored to support this wonderful program and would like to thank all involved for doing so much good in our local community.”

Dream Camp is funded through the generosity of the Bank of America Foundation, The Barnes Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, First Niagara Foundation, Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund, Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Versa Products, William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, and alumni and parents of Trinity College.

Written by Julia S. Chianelli

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