Somers Students Stop by PNW BOCES for Summer Enrichment

July 24, 2018

The lazy days of summer may be here, but students in the Somers School District’s Extended School Year program are making the most of these steamy months, enjoying weekly visits to Gerry Markel’s Architecture and Design classroom at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. Throughout the summer, the visiting students will be immersed in a range of design projects, both the hands-on variety and those done via computer.
“Right now they are working on a replica of a bridge,” said Markel, as he supervised a group of students gathered around a large table collaborating on a highly detailed, colorful structure. “After this, they will use the computer to design banners, which we will suspend from the bridge.”

Katie Faivre is a special education teacher in Somers and helps facilitate the summer program. “PNW BOCES has such amazing programs, and I think it is great for our students to get a glimpse of that,” she said. The students participating in the summer program range from fifth graders through high school seniors.  “I love bringing them here,” Faivre said. “The way the instructors interact with the kids is fantastic; this is a place where our students can feel confident and can grow.”

Alex, a rising ninth grader, said he liked “interacting and building with others,” during his time at BOCES. Joseph, who is entering the eighth grade in the fall, said that he liked coming to BOCES “and designing and building things.”

The half-day at BOCES is just one of the group’s weekly excursions, which supplement daily academic classes designed to maintain the students’ skills throughout the summer.  On other days, they enjoy visits to a local gym for workouts and swimming, eating lunch at a variety of restaurants and going bowling.