Sink or swim

By Melanie Ruberti

June 24, 2014

It didn’t take long to see whether boats built by students at Camp Learn 2 Serve would float - or sink.

The boats, mainly made out of cardboard and duct tape, were researched, designed, and put together by 28 students, the past few weeks. On Monday, campers put their creations in the pool at the Charles D. Hudson Natatorium on the LaGrange College campus. The catch - students had to also get inside their boat and try to paddle to the other side of the pool.

Campers had fun with the project. They named their boats, created cardboard paddles and had to come up with the best dramatic scene, should they sink in the water. Their teacher, Dr. Cindy Bowen, handed out awards for best design, fastest boat and the “Titanic Award” for best dramatic response.

This summer the 28 campers, composed of fifth through eighth graders from schools all over Troup County, are focusing on the theme of transportation. In addition to building boats, students also learned how to theoretically buy a new car, serve in a soup kitchen at a local Methodist Church, and are building their own library system out at Granger Park. The facility will house books that people can take, read, and bring back on an honor system. Right now, the kids are writing letters asking folks to donate books to their project.

Campers will show off all their projects to their parents on the last day of camp.