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July 23, 2011

Independent learning sparks imaginations

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The purpose is to give them room to grow their creative and critical thinking skills, she said.

“I am thrilled with the response we have gotten from the community,” Lentz said.

As long as that continues, she said, “we will be here.”

Kids’ College, in its sixth year, exposes students to what is offered at the Susquehanna University campus.

“Hopefully, someday maybe they’ll come back as freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors,” Lentz said.

A lot of experiences like these used to be included in schools, Adams said: “Now, there’s not so much time for that sort of thing.”

Funding has decreased, and schools tend to be more test-oriented as they are mandated to make sure their students are meeting certain state standards.

“You don’t get this in a classroom setting,” Latchford agreed.

Today, in her class, students will wrap up the week with a special Renaissance fair.

Lentz had formerly provided these special creative activities to select groups of students in schools, but this makes it available to all students who join the camp.

The cost to attend the camp is $190, or $38 a day.

More information is available at the Kids’ College link at www.susqu.edu/oem, the university’s Office of Event Management.

A Junior Writers Workshop, for students who have completed grades 3 through 8, will be held Aug. 1 to 12.

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