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Rockford church camp offers creative outlook to academic success

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Getting children involved more with the arts is a goal of Court Street United Methodist Church.

Kids that attended Shine Fine Arts Camp learned how to sing and dance to a new song. The camp’s theme is SHINE or Serving Him In New Experiences.

Music Director of Camp Shine, Jack Armstrong, explained what some of the participants have been doing at the camp.

“Campers are singing. Participating in art. They’re participating in videos. They’re participating in a variety of different activities here at the church,” Armstrong said.

Long time local teacher and director, James Crow, started Camp Shine as an extension of Court Street, to reach out to the community.

Crow says the majority of camp goers are from the downtown Rockford area.

13-year-old, Ella Anderson, is attending Camp Shine for the third year. She said she loves exploring the arts.

“Singing, dancing, human video, and puppets and skits. And it’s just been a lot of fun,” Anderson said.

Martin Leonard said he loves the way fine arts work together.

“Sometimes the intermingling of it. Like music, having music videos or having art that displays stories or having news articles. Writing with pictures in it,” Leonard said.

Camp organizers believe arts in education can improve academic performance.

Developing a child’s creativity can spill over into academic achievement.

“Arts benefit students in a number of different ways. One of the ways that we find as teachers in schools is that arts add a different perspective where the students can actually perform better during their scholastics,” Armstrong said. “And it just helps them to be an all around, well rounded individual.”

Campers will do a final performance and art show during the church’s worship service Sunday, August 18th at 10 a.m.

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