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God’s Creation and Creativity at Miss Mikan’s Summer Art Camp

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Admin

Each June, Cornerstone’s art teacher, Miss Sarah Mikan, hosts an art camp inviting grade school students from CCA and the community for five days of learning techniques and applying creativity to several projects. The week culminates with a Friday evening art gallery; a very special time where the students get to show off their work to family and friends.



For the theme of art camp this summer, Miss Mikan chose “Creation.” Each project the students worked on centered on God’s creation. Miss Mikan taught the students that God has created art and that their talent comes from him. Each day they read from God’s word together, and high school students from the community aided Miss Mikan in her teaching. The students learned techniques using oil paint, watercolors, acrylic, pencil, and more. These budding artists then used these techniques in their very own pieces of artwork.

Miss Mikan says, “We incorporated science and art in steps that the students will be able to repeat. The end result of our gallery gave glory to God’s gifts, creativity, and power through a child to communicate through art. I was very impressed with the talent this year. I loved having each student with us!”

Master Gardeners Instruct Cornerstone Summer Day Camp Students

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy summer day camp students are enjoying digging into their summer garden with instruction from University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Interns.



This year Cornerstone summer day camp has a special time of gardening each Thursday where Master Gardener interns Nanette Phillips and Christy Krupa teach the children about seed germination, how to keep plants healthy and growing, and how insects, critters, and animals affect a garden. Cornerstone’s little gardeners will plant and nurture flowers, herbs, and vegetables. “It’s good for the children to learn these things; if we didn’t know how to grow healthy plants we wouldn’t have healthy things to eat,” says Nanette Phillips.

Master Gardener intern Christy Krupa attended Cornerstone from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and says that now as an adult it’s great to be giving back to the school through her work with the summer day camp students on their garden.

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” Their web site states: “Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.”

Cornerstone’s Summer Day Camp serves children three to ten years old in the community. The theme of this year’s summer day camp is “Growing God’s Garden.”

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