Summer camps bring high school students to Auburn University

AUBURN – Auburn University will host two residential camps for high school students during the month of June.

Loachapoka High School students will come to Auburn University June 21 for a weeklong, residential camp to see what living on a college campus is like and to learn what they will need to do in their remaining years of high school to prepare for college admission.

The camp, coordinated through the College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute, is being offered for the first time this summer and will include a variety of activities. With funding through the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach, students will be able to attend the camp free of charge.

“The goal is to help these students begin to imagine themselves as capable of attending college and then give them the support and skills they need over the next several years to be successful in the college application process,” said outreach coordinator Christiana Russell.

The Office of University Writing is participating in the camp by giving students reflective journals to record important memories, impressions and thoughts throughout the week. At the end of the week, students will share their writing in an Open Mic Night.

“With the help of Chantel Acevedo, assistant professor in the creative writing program, we hope to show these students how writers use journals to capture their thinking and then move those thoughts into different kinds of writing,” said Margaret Marshall, director of the university writing program. “We want to get students motivated to write, to be interested in improving their writing, but we also want to help them have some fun with words. We expect our involvement with these students to continue and we’re excited to help with a project that aims to improve the abilities of the students who will be entering college in two to four years.”

The Truman Pierce Institute is coordinating a second residential camp for high school students from rural schools around the state. Students attending this camp, also scheduled for the week of June 21, will also be involved in keeping a writing journal and performing at the Open Mic Night.

“We’ve done the 21st Century camp program for several years,” said Chris Groccia, camp coordinator and a staff member of the Truman Pierce Institute, “but we’ve never included writing. We all know writing abilities are central to the success of college students, so we’re delighted to be able to include these activities this year.”

Aside from preparing young people for college, another goal of the 21st Century Community Learning Center camp is to teach high school students the skills they need to serve as tutors for younger students in their local afterschool programs. This camp is also free for students who agree to donate at least 40 hours of time as a tutor.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer these camps to deserving young people from the Loachapoka community and from throughout the state,” said Cindy Reed, director of the Truman Pierce Institute. “Based on data from our previous residential camps, we know that the experiences they will have while living and learning on this campus will be life altering for many of the campers.”

Contact: Christiana Russell, (334) 844-7460, (, or
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