Camp Kelly Visits St. Barnabas

By IMS Staff

Summer camp was never this much fun… Our 65 summer campers were in for a treat when Bob Kelly of Fox 29 brought Camp Kelly to Southwest Philly!  From mask making, to face painting, to relay racing (yes, Sr. Catherine beat Bob) it was non-stop fun at the St. Barnabas Out-of-School Time (OST) summer camp.  The highlight? When the kids and Bob cooled off with a good old-fashioned water toss! Watch it here. What better way to beat the summer heat?

St. Barnabas Catholic School partners with Catholic Social Services (CSS) to bring the students of St. Barnabas, as well as other area children, Out-of-School Time (OST), a program which provides both after school programs and summer camp. The OST program operates in six of our 15 Independence Mission Schools – bringing a safe, fun and academically inspiring environment to our students in grades K-8.

This year we are thrilled to have five St. Barnabas graduates help out at the camp, who have come to the OST program through the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) summer employment program. Bob had the chance to speak to Samson Tedros, who as the youngest of three boys, is entering his junior year at Neumann Goretti, a private Roman Catholic High School in South Philly. Both his brothers went to St. Barnabas as well.

The fun-filled morning wrapped up as the campers moved and grooved to the tune of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. Thanks Bob Kelly and Fox29 for a making it a great day!

Watch the news clip to see our IMS St. Barnabas students in action.