WARREN Children taking part this summer in the Inspiring Minds enrichment program are not only receiving assistance with math and reading but learning of the arts.
The program is being held weekdays from June to August at Lincoln and Willard K-8 schools for students in grades third to eighth.
Kent state professor Jim Canacci has been leading a program on play production, having the students get into small groups and pretend they are in different situations, such as running a store or being babies at a daycare.
He said plans are for a production to be prepared over the summer to include costumes, sets and children learning a script and auditioning for different parts.
The play production is one element of the program, which also includes computers, yoga, arts and crafts, urban gardening, basketball, swimming and field trips to the zoo.
Davanzo Tate, a program volunteer, said the students are introduced to the arts while also receiving help with their math and other school subjects over the summer.
''They receive various enrichment classes in yoga and computers,'' Tate said.
He said the program has more than 60 participants at the two schools.
Lakyza Powell, 10, said she likes taking part in the yoga and other games. ''It's fun to be with my friends,'' she said
The Inspiring Minds summer enrichment program will run through Aug. 2 for eight weeks.
Volunteers said they work with students through English and math workshops and STEM classes.
In addition, seventh and eighth graders look at college careers.
Since 2006, Inspiring Minds has offered after-school programs designed to benefit under-represented youth in Warren.