College for Kids hits record number of classes offered

School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE)

What does a typical kid want to do during the summer? They want to try new things … and they want to play! That’s where we come in! For many years our College for Kids program has been a valued staple in the community with unique classes that combine topic or hobby-based play and exploration with obtaining and practicing valuable lessons and skills. This year was one of the first years in which the College for Kids program offerings were able to be expanded to 9-12th graders with concepts relevant to their age groups. Kids do learn best through play and here is what this years’ participants had the opportunity to learn:

  • Calming and stress-relieving techniques in “Hello Summer, Goodbye Stress”

  • Culinary techniques in “Lit Dishes”

  • Environmental stewardship and outdoor safety in “Outdoor Adventure and Nature Connection”

  • Entrepreneurial skills in “Pop Up Bake Shop”

  • Critical thinking and problem solving in “Deserted Island”

  • Music education in “Vocal ensemble”

  • Perseverance and sportsmanship in “Olympic Fencing”

  • Engineering and computer programming in “LEGO Adventures”

  • Imagination and creativity in “Let’s Get Mythical”

This year the 28 different College for Kids classes were enjoyed by more than 176 students ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Participants had the choice of participating in just one class during the day (a.m. or p.m.) or choosing a morning class as well as an afternoon class in order to have a full-day experience. The camps were held at Thomas Harrison Middle School June 26-30. The participants ranged from regular attendees who have enjoyed a variety of camps each year to families in the area temporarily for work or relocation who were looking for enriching opportunities for their kids while they were here. Each family found opportunity, growth, adventure, and community through these experiences through JMU.

The expanded list of camp opportunities are thanks to the hard work and dedication of Rae Vaughn, our interim youth programs director and our new assistant coordinator, Kelly Jenkins. From finding instructors and student workers to managing registrations to transporting endless supplies and snacks, these leaders have done it all! Thank you for your hard work, and we look forward to seeing what new adventures this new semester brings.

 kids having fun at college for kids


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Published: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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