SALSA Camp provides creative volunteer opportunity

Lecanto junior Joe Lynn reviews the SALSA Camp volunteer application (Photo: Philipson).

Lecanto junior Joe Lynn reviews the SALSA Camp volunteer application (Photo: Philipson).

Jazzy Philipson, Staff Writer –  During the week of June 12-16, students in kindergarten through ninth grade can participate in the Summer Arts at Lecanto School of the Arts [SALSA] Camp at Citrus Springs Middle School for the price of $125. The camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers multiple art activities at different times throughout the day.

Since the summer of 2001, Lecanto High School [LHS] has supported SALSA in which Citrus County’s youth can spend a week immersing themselves in creative art projects under the instruction of the county’s art teachers.

Lecanto three-dimensional [3D] art teacher David Brown is partially in charge of SALSA and annually instructs one of the classes involving ceramic projects. He also assisted in choosing this year’s theme: Art Around the World.

“Different classes are going to do projects from different parts of the world,” said Brown. “I think I’m doing Africa so we’re probably going to make masks and such.”

The camp annually receives plenty of positive feedback from parents and students alike.

“Usually the parents want us to do it all summer because the kids really like it and it gives them a good experience,” said Brown. “It gives them something to do, builds creativity, and teaches about different types of art and culture.”

SALSA also provides LHS students with a great opportunity to earn community service hours. Students can either assist a specific teacher or stick with a specific age group of students all day.

Senior Lauren Kronz is a member of the Lecanto School of the Arts [LSA] and has volunteered at SALSA multiple times.

“It was a very good experience,” said Kronz. “If you enjoy being around kids, I would recommend you volunteer. I got to direct and help a group of children. We made banners, glass work, and 3D fish.”

Sophomore Ellen Farnsworth also volunteered for the first time last year and plans on helping out this summer.

“You get a lot of volunteer hours,” said Farnsworth. “I helped out one of the teachers while I was there. Working and helping with kids is really fun.”

However, there are certain requirements one must meet to be able to volunteer.

“We mainly want LSA students, Pre-IB [International Baccalaureate] and IB students looking to get community service,” said Brown. “Also, we accept students with good discipline and grades. They have to get teacher recommendations and show us their records. We want proactive students.”

Volunteer applications will be available Monday, May 1. Students can see Brown for further details.