• 59°
Hartselle Enquirer

Letting your IMAGINATION run wild

By Staff
Students put creativity to work at Camp Invention
Tracy B. Cieniewicz, Hartselle Enquirer
Creative kids from Hartselle and surrounding areas recently spent a week making cars safer, building roller coasters and amusements parks, exploring a planet prone to scattered acid rain showers, and tearing apart household appliances to develop new inventions.
Barkley Bridge Elementary School hosted Hartselle's first Camp Invention July 24-28 with 76 students entering first through sixth grades attending. The nationwide summer day camp encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities through hands-on, interactive activities and creative problem solving.
Kelly Meadows, camp director and BBES fourth grade teacher, has served as a Camp Invention counselor and teacher one summer in Cullman and two summers at Danville-Neel Elementary School.
"I did my best to get Camp Invention here because I knew our kids would love it," Meadows explained. "I haven't heard one complaint this entire week."
Hartselle Camp Invention teachers were Rhonda Russell, Beverly Spurlin, John Mark Waynick and Maxine Hembree. Counselors were Christen Hines, Sarah Hyatt, Hope Wallace and Brittni Russell. Earline Lee was assistant director.
"There are students here from all three Hartselle elementary schools as well as from Falkville, Priceville, Decatur and other areas," Meadows said. "I'm so appreciative of our Hartselle area businesses for their support which allowed 15 children to attend Camp Invention on full or partial scholarships."
The campers were divided into four teams–Crazy Yeller Nanners, Team Masterminds, Smurf Turf, and Oompa Loompas.
Jace Johnson, 7, a member of the Yeller Nanners, attended Camp Invention as a birthday present from his family. He said he most enjoyed the "I Can Invent/Take Apart" activity and even carried ideas home to share with his dad so they could make an invention together.
He used a toaster and a VCR at Camp Invention to create "The Scare-O-Nator."
"It sits in my room and has a sensor that makes a monster pop out when my little sister comes in," Jace explained. "It's to keep her from hiding my things. She's the reason why I don't have a harmonica now."
Encouraged by campers' creativity and enthusiasm, Meadows hopes to make Camp Invention an annual Hartselle event.
"I've had so many kids tell me that they're coming back next year," Meadows said. "This has really been a success."
Registration, which includes daily snacks, a camp T-shirt and supplies, is $199. For more information on next year's Hartselle Camp Invention, visit www.campinvention.org or call 1-800-968-4332.

Hartselle

Bethel Baptist celebrates sesquicentennial 

Editor's picks

Cheers to the golden years: Columbia Cottage honors two centenarians 

Eva

Eva celebrates annual Frontier Days

Hartselle

Hartselle man guilty of rape of juvenile 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Police Department looks to fill six positions  

Falkville

Falkville sets agenda for 25th fall festival 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

New manufacturing program at Hartselle, Limestone schools 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Home Sweet Hartselle mural painted on Sparkman Street

Hartselle

Hartselle woman named to Inno under 25 

Hartselle

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Stars Over Hollywood prom 

Hartselle

Crowd gathers for 41st annual Depot Days 

Decatur

A heart for the arts: Hartselle art program receives River Clay grant

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Chiropractor released after charge of poisoning wife back in jail  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan employees in line for 5 percent pay hike  

Hartselle

Chiropractor charged with poisoning wife released on bond 

Editor's picks

Hartselle homecoming kick-off showcases school spirit

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Depot Days returns Saturday  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Fitness Court unveiled at Sparkman Park  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle man allegedly poisoned wife with lead in murder attempt  

Hartselle

Crestline students enjoy third annual Ag Day

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Highway 36 reopens east of Hartselle 

At a Glance

Hartselle man eludes police, arrested on possession charges

Breaking News

Hartselle man arrested for attempted murder of wife

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

In the community: Highflying fun

x