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June 29th, 2010
Texas State runs camp for public housing children


The Fun & Fit summer camp, which runs through Friday in the Jowers Center at Texas State, is working to promote college readiness among low-income students.

The camp is a unique, free-of-charge program serving children living in San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) residences. Offering traditional physical activities as well as college preparation, the camp is put on through a partnership with Ameri-Corps and the Center for P-16 Initiatives in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State.

Physical activity instruction is taught through service-learning components of university courses designed to teach elementary and physical education teachers how to teach developmentally appropriate physical activity.

Fun & Fit provides children with positive experiences in physical activity and helps children participate in healthy lifestyle choices. Under the supervision and guidance of Karen Meaney, Texas State students studying to be teachers and coaches guide children through physical activity.

The students learn about ways to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. During the two-week summer camp, children enrolled in Fun & Fit are also introduced to the Texas State community to instill the idea that attending college is a realistic goal.

The college readiness program was developed by the Center for P-16 Initiatives under the guidance of Michelle Pope. The Center for P-16 Initiatives provided the monetary resources to provide round trip bus transportation from the SMHA residences to Texas State.

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