Ruffing Montessori hosts Summer Ruffing It camp

Summer Ruffing It (SRI) at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights has offered dynamic camp
programs for children, ages 3–14, for 34 years.

Children from all area schools participate in earth-friendly activities, held in an LEED certified building cooled by geothermal energy. Campers tend gardens, enjoy playgrounds and the adjacent Shaker Lakes, and exchange class time with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Indoors, the children work and play in natural day lighting with sun tubes, breathe safe indoor air, and recycle no-waste lunches. The program continues the green-curriculum focus implemented during Ruffing's academic year, supporting processes that make a positive impact on sustainability. The camp program, small and professionally staffed, is informed by respect of the environment and mutual respect among people.  

A Summer To Grow On, ages 3–6, features indoor games, cooking, art and storytelling, gardening, weekly nature walks and a zoo trip.

Creative Arts & Sciences, grades 1–5, offers a choice of art, athletics, drama, media, movement, music, and science and technology. Students create personalized schedules that include movies, musical theatre, jug bands, yearbooks and newsletters in digital format, and occasional field trips.

Extreme SRI!, grades 6–8, features two-hour morning classes that take kids into the Greater Cleveland community and into worlds that extend beyond the city. This year, campers will meet young adults involved with the Peace Corps and establish links with students their age from other countries.

Ruffing's professional staff, with student-centered groups, seeks to provide a joyful, high-quality experience. Before and after care is available, 7:30–9 a.m. and 1–6 p.m.

for more information, visit or contact Julia Sheehan at or 216-932-7866. Summer Ruffing It at Ruffing Montessori School is located at 3380 Fairmount Boulevard.

Julia Sheehan

Julia Sheehan is the director of Ruffing Montessori's Summer Ruffing It program.

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