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DALLUS WHITFIELD/The Wilson Post

The Summer Arts Camp sponsored by the Wilson County Civic League has geared up for another year of inspiring young, creative minds.

Coordinator Gerald Patton said the mission of the two-week program is to foster creativity and social interaction for kids in grades 3-8. "A lot of times kids are bored in the summer and get into things.

This program is just two weeks, but in doing this we hope that participants will take what they have learned and go further with it," he said. "They might ask their parents to take them to a play or a concert because they have sparked an interest."

Although the 18 enrolled students learn about drama, dance and art daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - one of the most exciting adventures will take place this Friday. Patton said the group will travel to Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center to the Bugs Bunny concert.

"They are learning several things which they will display at the closing program next Thursday (June 18)," he said, adding that the camp theme this week is Patriotism. "They are learning about our flag. In art they will be making a flag and in dance they are doing things with Tennessee-oriented dance music."

Patton said that the program is offered to local kids free of charge thanks to grant funding from the Nashville Predators Foundation, the Hot Topic Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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