College for Kids brings higher education to children

From: Public Affairs

November 6, 2008

This isn't your basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

James Madison University is partnering with local school districts to bring topics such as robotics, digital storytelling, Shakespearean theater and video game design to schoolchildren in the greater Harrisonburg community through College for Kids, a six-week series of Saturday morning courses for children in grades 5-8.

"College for Kids is a fantastic opportunity for area schoolchildren to engage with the resources and faculty of JMU in a friendly environment," said Carol Fleming, Director of Outreach & Engagement at JMU. "It encourages them to consider pathways to higher education."

Who: Schoolchildren grades 5-8 from partnering school divisions: Harrisonburg City Schools, Page County Schools, Rockingham County Schools and Shenandoah County Schools. Children from other school divisions may register for an additional fee.

What: Courses are taught by JMU faculty members, graduate students and community experts. Courses range from science and technology to art and art history, sustainability and "green" technology and foreign languages and culture. A full list of course offerings is online at http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/collegeforkids2.shtml.

When: Saturday mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 24–Feb. 28.

Where: Memorial Hall, James Madison University (formerly Harrisonburg High School), 395 S. High St., Harrisonburg.

Why: To provide opportunity for area schoolchildren and develop partnerships with local school divisions.

Registration: Cost is $120 per child from participating school divisions and $180 for children from other school divisions. Registration is ongoing until Dec. 12. To register online, visit http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/collegeforkids.shtml. Or fill out the form included on the program flyer distributed to your child at school and return it to:

JMU Outreach & Engagement, MSC 6906, 395 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Each child should be registered separately. Placement into individual courses is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please indicate first, second and third choices as some courses may fill up quickly. For questions about registration or for additional information, call (540) 568-4253.

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