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The campers at Waterfront Academy are learning and practicing their Spanish at summer Spanish camp with Southwest as the backdrop to it all. Each week has a theme and new vocabulary for each theme. The vocabulary is then practiced as the children explore the Southwest neighborhood sites that are relevant to each theme.
The campers visited the Southwest Duck Pond during “Boat” week to feed the ducks. They visited the Southwest Library and children’s librarian, Mr. Josh, during “Communications” week. The new Fire Department also got a visit from happy campers during “First Responders” week.
In addition to visiting special Southwest treasures, Southwest has come to the camp. J.D. Smith, children’s book author and Southwest resident, read his book, The Best Mariachi in the World, to the children and spoke to them about the process of getting published and how to become an author.
Waterfront Academy’s summer Spanish camp is a fun way for children to be immersed in Spanish. Children are not required to have previous Spanish experience. Camp runs through Aug. 19 with Sports, Arts, and Music themes.
Neighbors surely will see the campers in August going to Haines Point and touring Nationals Park.  You can’t miss them, they are the ones in the bright yellow safety vests.
By: Melissa Rohan

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