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UNG offers Appalachian-focused summer program for gifted children

The camp will be held at the Vickery House on UNG's Dahlonega Campus from June 12-16.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Appalachian Studies Center, a unit of the College of Education, is hosting its second academic summer camp for gifted middle school students that focuses on Appalachian culture.

Camp Appalachia is for rising fourth- through sixth-graders who have been officially identified as gifted by their schools in Lumpkin County.

Both graduate students and professors trained in specific learning needs of gifted students, as well as highly skilled masters of Appalachian arts and culture will be the instructors during the camp.

The camp will be held at the Vickery House on UNG's Dahlonega Campus from June 12-16, meeting daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

According to the National Association for Gifted Children, an estimated 3 million to 5 million students in the U.S. are academically gifted and talented – including 209,000 in Georgia.

"Unfortunately, gifted students often are ignored in school because of the hyper focus on low-performing students," Dr. Catherine Lindsey Linsky, assistant professor of middle grades education and coordinator of the gifted endorsement program at UNG, said. "Because they usually perform well, gifted students don’t get the support they need and they may have trouble with motivations because they aren’t being challenged."

During the weeklong program, campers will select group projects based on interest and bring those historical projects to life for the community.

"Last year's camp was a tremendous success," Sarah Widincamp, assistant professor of middle grades education at UNG and camp director, said. "This year’s camp will be run the same, but the content will be all new. New majors will include transportation, mapping, bridge-building, music, and storytelling. We also will have a session on Cherokee culture and crafts, sustainable agriculture, and Appalachian games, music and dance."

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