On Sunday, October 16th, sixteen CYSP scholars arose well before the sun. Despite the dark of the dawn hours, the students’ enthusiasm shone brightly as they set out to volunteer at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. Armed with brooms, rakes, flashlights, and a positive attitude, the CYSP crew journeyed to Water Station #11, just past the 15 mile marker of the marathon. While there, our scholars passed out water to thirsty runners, and cleaned up discarded water cups to keep the race route clear from debris and safe for the athletes. Our student volunteers cheered on the runners, and were happy to receive the thanks of many runners along the route, who declared that volunteers like our CYSP scholars were what made the race possible!
The CYSP (Concept Young Scholars Program) took 42 students and 10 adults to Kiser Lake, OH for a weekend camp on October 7-9. Students and Staff reported have a fabulous time (even though the nights were a bit cold and the showers or beds weren’t quite like at home!) A highlight of the trip was the time each group was able to spend on the lake in rowboats. Most students took a turn at rowing and everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery on such a wonderful fall day. Besides the outdoor activities such as fishing and sports, students participated in a STEM activity from the science teachers as they built boats out of aluminum foil and popsicle sticks and then we took them to the pond to test them for buoyancy. Some students participated in a leaf ID hike and made a book of their findings. Everyone was great at helping with cooking and cleanup. Overall, everyone had a great time and enjoyed each other’s company as well as the beautiful outdoors! We are looking forward to the next trip already!