TROY, NY – The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges is hosting its summer learning camp, “Going for Gold @ Griswold Heights”, through July 29, 2016.  The camp is open to residents of the Troy Housing Authority Griswold complex who are in grades one through five and accommodates up to thirty children.

“The Monday through Friday program focuses on activities to help reinforce and instill positive character traits in the children such as respect, responsibility, empathy, excellence and good citizenship,” explains camp director Philip Fusco, Ph.D. “The hands on learning activities designed within a character centered classroom setting seek to improve habits of good behavior and academic skills among youth during their summer vacation.”

Children participate in daily cultural and academic enrichment experiences which include lessons on developing good fiscal responsibility habits that reinforce math and reasoning skills as well as making decisions to maintain healthy lifestyles which include science learning opportunities. Campers have already participated in a reading, writing and rhyming exercise with former radio personality Richie Phillips (Listen to camper’s rap with Richie) and a field trip to Pioneer Bank for a career exploration experience. Students will present a final performance project on Thursday, July 28. Camp sponsors include Pioneer Bank and Durham School Services.

As part of the program, on July 26 at 11:30 am Sage professor Ellen Adams, Ph.D., will lead a discussion at the Griswold Community Center on parent literacy and strategies for assisting parents in reading with their children.

Read About The Summer Program in the Troy Record

The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the Academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development, reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government. The Academy, which operates within Sage’s Esteves School of Education, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.

OPPORTUNITY FOR MEDIA COVERAGE: To attend one of the activities or arrange for an interview about the camp, contact Philip Fusco, camp director, 518-244-2337 (O);  518-203-9242 (C), email: [email protected]


Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses; adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online.