Congratulations to Camp X-STREAM

June 21, 2017


Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications & Marketing, (913) 279-2225

That’s not one congratulation, but two congratulations to the Camp X-STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math) Team at Mark Twain!

First, the summer school participants and staff at Mark Twain attended a Wednesday, June 21, presentation at the school of a $3,500 check from Terracon, a consulting engineering firm, in support of Camp X-STREAM. Camp X-STREAM is one of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ programs that gives students an opportunity to continue their learning during the summer.  Programs, such as this, are critical because this is the time of the year where students could experience a loss in academic skills and knowledge (also known as summer slide). Camp X-STREAM helps to prevent summer slide by giving students an opportunity to participate in one hour of reading, and to choose to participate in two of the following three options for one hour each: art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and music/physical education.

“This check is very much appreciated and is vital to helping us continue providing learning opportunities to our students in the summer. Thank you, Terracon,” said Mark Twain Principal Sandra Egidy.


Terracon Senior Vice President David Harwood, P.E., presented the symbolic check to Principal Sandra Egidy and L3 | Love Literacy Life President & Executive Director Melanie Hart Shashindranath. L3 | Love Literacy Life is a nonprofit that supports Mark Twain.

The second exciting news for the summer program at Mark Twain was receiving a grant from Science City to offer students an additional STEM experience this summer. One of the Science City hosted activities on June 21 gave students an opportunity to combine physical fitness with their math skills. The students used measuring tape to plot and calculate how far they jumped each time. The activity also gave students an opportunity to compare data from each of their jumps to other participants in the room.  

Check out the students enjoying their Science City activity:


Camp X-STREAM has been extremely successful with approximately 125 students (kindergarten-5) attending with an additional 20 pre-kindergarten students attending as well. Last year, 80 percent of the students who participated in the program maintained or increased their reading level. The staff is confident this year’s summer program will be as successful.   


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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242