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Bella Casalinova, 10, of Bennington cools off on the slip and slide on Thursday during the last day of summer camp at Bennington Elementary School.

BENNINGTON >> Bennington Elementary closed out their summer program with a day full of fun activities on Thursday.

Mary Monick, who operates the program and works at the school as a paraeducator during the year, said that the summer camp has been more popular this year than in recent years. "We've had a lor more kids than usual," she said, "It's been great." Typically, the camp, which runs for four weeks each summer, has about 30 students participating, but this year the number was closer to 50.

The camp ran Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Both breakfast and lunch were included, and provided by the Abbey Group.

On Thursday, the students rotated through different activity stations, including rolling dice to move along a giant game board, where each square could offer a treat, like candy, or a question for the student to answer; swimming in kiddie pools; a slip and slide; tricycle races; sponge races; and a game in which children threw poker chips, aiming for prizes.

Monick said that a typical day at camp included science experiments, math games, and literacy and arts activities. Sometimes, they had special guests visit the kids as well, including children's librarian Linda Donigan from the Bennington Free Library, who let the students know about all the programs going on at the library this summer.


Several students said that their favorite part of the camp were the science experiments they did with Eileen Jewett, who is also a paraeducator during the year. Among other things, those experiments included making lava lamps and telephones, said one student.

All of the students attend Bennington Elementary, and include everyone from incoming first graders to incoming fifth graders. The first day of school is Monday Aug. 29.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.