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Olympic Games and Undersea Adventures at ESBOCES Summer Special Education Programs

Summer School Ensures Continued Growth for Students with Special Needs

Tecumseh Elementary Assistant Principal, Principal and student at their Olympic Opening CeremonyWHBLC teaching assistant and student at their "Summer Splash"


All summer long, Eastern Suffolk BOCES Special Education Summer Programs incorporated themed activities into the educational experiences at their campuses. Students at the Tecumseh Elementary, Premm Learning Center, and Sayville Elementary Summer School Programs didn’t have to leave home to experience the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, as the staff brought the games right to them, including opening and closing ceremonies. At Westhampton Beach Learning Center, teachers made a splash with students by transporting the beach into the classroom with “Under the Sea” art projects, games, and activities.

Tecumseh Students with their Olympic Torch art projectSayville Elementary Olympic Opening CeremonyWHBLC Summer Under the Sea Art ProjectWHBLC student enjoys their "Summer Splash"

According to Premm Learning Center Teacher Faith Altemose, summer learning builds on the foundation created in the preceding school year, while preparing students for the year to come, and theme weeks make the summer program exciting for all of the classes. “Each class did their own special thing for Olympic Week by picking a sport to learn more about,” she says. “We did a lot of worksheets and activities based on the theme, learned about the Olympic Torch and what the rings stood for, and concluded the week with water play and games in gym. Everyone has really had fun with it.”

PLC student has fun with water balloonsOlympic water play at PLCPLC students enjoy Olympic water play and games


ESBOCES Summer Special Education Programs took place from July 6, 2021 through August 13, 2021 at Bellport Academic Center, Brookhaven Learning Center, Islip Academic Center, Jefferson Academic Center, Premm Learning Center, Sayville Elementary School, Seqouya High School, Tecumseh Elementary School, and Westhampton Beach Learning Center.  The goal of Eastern Suffolk BOCES is to provide a multifaceted educational experience for all students.