Nearly 30 middle school students participated this summer in the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Camp in Lake City.

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Students who attended the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Camp in Lake City said it was very beneficial.

The three-week camp, held at Lake City High School, wrapped up last month. Approximately 30 seventh- and eighth-graders attended.

According to the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports website, MTSS is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions.

Camp employee Kevin Graham said the students learned different things in the camp, including CPR and first aid, anger control, making better choices, health and life skills.

The MTSS Camp gives students an opportunity to be in the school setting without the rigor and grading. Students are able to see their mistakes, but they are not graded on what they do, he said.

“It gives them an opportunity to say, ‘OK, it’s OK to make a mistake, and I can correct it. But I’m not being chastised,’” Graham said.

The camp also taught students about conflict resolution with their peers without teachers getting involved.

While at the camp, Ericka Williams said, she learned techniques from counselors, including deep breathing.

“They taught us if you get upset, deep breathing helps,” Williams said. “They taught a lot of beneficial stuff, like, you can’t say when you come back (to school) that you didn’t learn anything.”

Harmony McCray said she was glad she could be a member of the camp this summer.

“My favorite part is I get to be with people that I actually enjoy myself with and I can socialize more,” McCray said. “And then we learned a lot of stuff along the way to help us get through certain things.”

Both girls, who will start eighth grade in the coming school year, said they were also taught professionalism skills.

The camp ended in June with a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.

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