Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Registration is now underway for Kids in College summer program for youth

The popular Kids in College program will again offer area youth the opportunity to combine fun and education while pursuing their academics and interests this summer. The schedule for the 2016 sessions is June 6-10, June 13-17 and June 20-24. The first session takes place at the Chillicothe City Middle School, while week two is out and around the community, then finally week three will be at the Ohio University Chillicothe campus.

The program is open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. For more than 28 years, the popular program has offered enrichment learning opportunities for youngsters.

Registration is currently underway. Flyers have been distributed to all schools in the Ross County and Chillicothe City school systems. They are also available at the Ross County Schools Office and the information desk in Bennett Hall.  To register, go to: https://www.ohio.edu/chillicothe/community/kidsincollege.cfm. For additional information, contact Continuing Education at (740) 774-7226 or (740) 774-7732.

Please note that the registration deadline this year is May 23.  Interested participants are encouraged to register early to secure a spot in the most popular classes.  Registration is $40 plus any material fees for the first class and $30 plus any material fees for each additional class. Special exception: The two COSI on Wheels and the Astounding Astronomy classes on June 22 are only $10 each.

The Kids in College program offers an opportunity for students to become involved in summer enrichment activities in a safe, vibrant learning environment. The students have fun and learn at the same time. The teachers are the heart of the program. Most are veteran classroom teachers who look forward to becoming involved in the hands-on teaching that is the hallmark of this program. A wide range of classes for learners with various interests are offered. Some of the classes have an academic base, while others are related to creativity and recreation areas.

Among the many classes offered are tennis, Tai Chi, archeology for kids, ooey gooey
science, Spanish, crime scene lab, animal adventures, stranded on a deserted island, WhoDunit, super heroes, Mexican folklore sculpture, hand-building pottery for fun, nuts and bolts of theatre, dance, CommuniSCOPES, children engaged in 19th century activities at Worthington Mansion, the mysterious toymaker, and life on a stage.

This year, COSI on Wheels and astounding astronomy have been added. COSI on Wheels will have an opening talk about a journey to the sun as well as planets in our amazing Solar System. Then, students will experiment with scientific aspects of the solar system.  In the hands on sessions, students will informally interact with the activities, spending as little or as much time as they like at each station. The engaging activities are based on the Ohio Science Standards. 

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