Continuing learning experiences

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By Kirsten Laskey

It may be the end of the school year, but learning opportunities can continue throughout the summer season.


Whether it is producing works of art at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge or exploring the mysteries of outer space at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, knowledge is available everywhere.


For the last three years, the Emily L. Bradley Memorial Fund has helped sixth-grade students engage in learning.


The fund is available to sixth-grade students because Bradley was a sixth grade teacher, said her daughter and founder of the fund, Linda Zwick.


She explained the fund offers scholarships to attend Shuttle Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History as well to participate in art camp at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.


Additionally, the fund has sponsored Star Lab, a portable planetarium, to visit the Española elementary schools and portions of the Embodied Leadership program at Rivers and Birds in Taos.


Zwick’s sister, Jill Hefele, who is also involved in the fund, said, “We do try to look into opportunities that are available not only in science but in the arts as well … (students) attend art camp as well as shuttle camp at the Museum of Space History, (and at) the Rivers and Birds, they participated in Embodied Leadership.”


These are areas that their mother emphasized in her teaching, Hefele said.


Each year, the fund offers a total of $1,500 in scholarships to five students to attend different camps.


Recipients do not compete for scholarship funds, Zwick said. For instance, to attend the Shuttle Camp, a nomination form is sent out to the school counselors and teachers to select a sixth-grader who would benefit in the program but cannot afford the fee.


Three elementary schools: Barranca Mesa Elementary, Aspen Elementary and Mountain Elementary schools select students to attend the camp.


For the art camp, Zwick said they don’t normally hear from the Art Center which students are in need of financial assistance until later in the summer.


She explained these particular summer programs were chosen because, “Emily Bradley always wanted to find each child their strength and she wanted to encourage them to find their capabilities and to explore them.


“We feel the camps we selected specialize in areas she cared about,” Zwick said.


She added, “It really allows these particular students to learn sciences they might not get in this grade level.”


As for the art camp, the Art Center offers a variety of classes, Zwick said. Students can experience their own creativity through hands-on learning.


“(It) allows students with an aptitude in art to express themselves,” she said.


Individual donors support the fund and the camps also work with Zwick and Hefele on admission costs.


Bradley, Zwick said, taught for more than 40 years, 35 of which where in Los Alamos Public Schools.


She was raised in Utica, N.Y., and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I.


 She and her husband, John, moved to Los Alamos in 1965 where Bradley taught second grade at Aspen, fourth grade at Mountain and sixth grade at Barranca Mesa.


Donate or send a correspondence to P.O. Box 538, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544.