Friday, September 16, 2016

Kids in College gains recognition from The Ohio School Boards Association publication

Kids in College, a summer enrichment program at the Ohio University Chillicothe campus, was recently featured in the August 2016 edition of The Ohio School Board Association Journal. The Journal, which is the Ohio School Board Association’s flagship publication, highlights the best “association activities, innovative articles, pictures and reports of direct interest to Ohio’s public education management teams.”

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 Journal article highlights on the Kids in College program’s success throughout its 37-year history to its expansive readership including superintendents, treasurers, legislators, school board members, business officials, college and university officials, additional Ohio Education associations, as well as others all over the state of Ohio.  

Kids in College, which is now sponsored by the Ross-Pike Educational Service District and Chillicothe City Schools, offers summer enrichment courses for students in the ages anywhere between kindergarten and eighth grade. The program partnered with Chillicothe City Schools four years ago and now enrollment is open to all area students.

The Journal featured Kids in College innovated classes including the very popular Ooey, Gooey Science. The Kids in College program also offers classes on Mexican culture, tai chi, dance, superheroes and villains, Spanish, tennis, archery, and many others. This year, 125 students participated in the program, with the variety and complexity of the classes growing each year as a result of the helpful input from parents.

A major focus for each of the courses is to be very interactive for the participants. The Journal points to the enthusiastic and veteran staff who are passionate about teaching as one of the key initiators for the program’s success. Kids in College programs are taught by certified teachers, including Ohio University Chillicothe campus instructors. A new addition to the program this year was an art class led by a Shawnee State University instructor.

Affordability is also a key factor for organizers. The first class for students costs $40 and includes a Kids in College T-shirt. Each class after the first is $30 each. Registration for classes takes place in May each year, with the classes being stretched over three weeks in the summer, each week consisting of a different session of classes.

For more information on Kids in College, contact program coordinator Joyce C. Atwood at

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