Community Gatherings were added to Brockport Summer Learning in 2018 and ended up being one of the most anticipated parts of the program for both our students and faculty. For most of the day, students primarily interact with their grade-level peers. We host multiple sets of siblings in our program, but the siblings are often on different schedules since schedules vary by grade. We want our grades to have more interaction with one another, which led to the idea of community gatherings.
Community Gatherings are often reshaped and adapted to meet the needs of students each summer. Students continue to interact with all other grade-level peers in a way that fosters a sense of belonging, shared learning, and socio-emotional learning. This allows building authentic relationships between students, teachers, and staff.
At our community gatherings we have done “Minute to Win It” games where students are selected from each grade to compete against one another in friendly competition. We also have dance parties during our Community Gatherings, which allow students to dance with one another and get excited about the upcoming week.