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July 23, 2011

Independent learning sparks imaginations

SELINSGROVE — While many creative arts programs are fading in public schools because of drastic funding cuts, they will continue to be available for students in the summer, as long as there is interest in Kids’ College.

Forty-four children who have completed grades 2 to 5 were busy all week in sessions held at Susquehanna University during the Kids’ College Summer Camp, where they had the opportunity to take part in hands-on projects that had them thinking outside the box.

Not to mention having a lot of fun.

The Medieval Magic class spent their time learning about the Renaissance and creating marbelized art, constructing catapults and cardboard castles, writing calligraphy with feather quill pens, and jousting with foam swords.

As one of six retired, highly experienced teachers that run the program with the help of Susquehanna University and high school students, instructor Janet Latchford believed in giving them as many choices as possible.

Just like in Renaissance times.

“People just started using their imagination in ways they never did before,” Latchford told the group during the instruction portion of the class.

All of the teachers joined to make sure the college was a success and the kids were given every opportunity to both learn and imagine.

“We’ve all been saving our toilet paper rolls for castle parts,” assistant lead teacher Linda Adams revealed with a smile.

The creative sessions open up a whole new world for the kids, Latchford said, and you may never know what information or experience will spark their interest.

“They may follow up and do research on their own,” she said.

Other morning sessions included Foreign Forensics: CSI East Asia, with instructor Lori Smith, and “Wiggles, Squiggles, Fun and Giggles,” with program director and instructor Kathy Irwin Lentz, who said the summer camp is for “intellectually curious, highly motivated kids, who enjoy more complex, independent learning.”

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