Empire schools offering day camp over summer

Empire Union School District officials are holding a Summer Stars day camp they hope will introduce people who live outside the district to its programs while filling the gaps of other slimmed-down summertime offerings. It's also an example of the ways schools are looking at bringing in extra funding and keeping staff employed through the summer, officials said.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up for two sessions — June 15 through July 17 and July 20 through Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The camps will focus on academics, arts and crafts, physical activity and technology labs; cost is $30 a day, $150 a week and $300 a session. Children will get a free breakfast and lunch.

Families can add an extra program that starts at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.; cost is $2.50 an hour. The camps are open to the community and will be at Stroud Elementary School.

For more information or to register, call 524-6325 or e-mail