Learning Experiential Activities Program (LEAP) kicks off summer fun in Bisbee.

May 24, 2018

Now in its fifth year, Learning Experiential Activities Program (LEAP) is again offering summer sessions for children aged 6 to 14 providing a number of hands-on activities.

Joni Giacomino, LEAP Bisbee secretary/treasurer of the nonprofit organization, noted that LEAP received a $10,000 grant from Freeport McMoRan, Inc., Copper Queen Branch for the 2018 programs. The grant funds LEAP’s STEAM — or science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics-based — activities offered this summer.

“We would like to express our deep gratitude to Freeport for their generous funding that will make it possible for LEAP to continue offering STEAM activities,” said Giacomino.

“We have served close to 500 kids with our programs since our beginnings in 2013,” added Giacomino. “We served probably double that when we ran the pool. Swim lessons alone served 200-plus kids.”

LEAP is offering a wide range of activities this summer, including gardening (at Greenway School), cooking, scrapbooking, robotics, upcycling (using old goods to make new goods), reading, ecology, acting and strategy board games at the old Middle School on Melody Lane. It is a collaborative effort with the Bisbee Unified School District.

Classes are $35 each, and there is a 15 percent discount for those who sign up for two or more classes. Siblings also get the discounts. Scholarships are available.

Donations for scholarships are welcome, and it is a way to show local youth the community cares about their continuing education, said Giacomino. Just email LEAP Bisbee at: leapbisbee@gmail.com.

Giacomino continued, “We have had positive response from community and parents with those that participate in our programs. The community is very supportive with our fundraisers. Frank Barco, (Copper Queen Publishing), has always been a great supporter when we have done fundraisers.”

The goals of LEAP programs are “to entertain, enrich, and educate the youth of the children in active lifestyles to combat the rise in chronic childhood health issues like diabetes and obesity; getting kids outside engaging with the natural world in an effort to halt the rise of nature deficit disorder and its numerous side effects; and to expose youth to a wide range of opportunities in recreation and sports,” according to the website.

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