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Susquehanna University Welcomes Kids to College this Summer

June 8, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Elementary and middle school children can engage in a unique educational experience at Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College during three summer sessions in July and August. Kids’ College is open to all students who have completed grades 2 through 8. The camps are designed to challenge students academically and help them develop their creative, critical thinking and cooperative learning skills in a welcoming educational environment.

July 20-24: Grades 2-5

Morning Session
The morning Kids’ College session will be held from 8:30 a.m.to 12:45 p.m. daily. Fees for both the Primary Kids’ Summer Camp and Intermediate Kids’ Summer Camp packages are $185 per student.

This is the first year that pre-third graders can participate in the Primary Kids’ Summer Camp. The self-contained program, Explore! Learn! Play! Create!, will foster hands-on creative discovery experiences around cultural and historic topics in an age-appropriate setting. 

The Intermediate Kids’ Summer Camp for students who have completed grades 3 through 5 features a three-session package, including the workshops How to Think Like Leonardo, Westward Ho! and The CANS of Creativity.

How to Think Like Leonardo lets kids imagine themselves apprentices of the great master Leonardo Da Vinci, focused on immersion, discovery and exploration of the world that inspired the artist’s creative genius and expression.

Westward Ho! takes student campers back to the days of U.S. westward expansion, giving them a taste of prairie life through a variety of activities, including eating pioneer food and constructing covered wagons.

The CANS of Creativity is a workshop that develops creative thinking skills and shows students all they CAN do.

Afternoon Session
Students will have the option of continuing their day at camp to explore an afternoon special interest topic. The afternoon session, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. daily, includes a brown-bag, supervised lunch and costs $70.

Afternoon sessions for students who have completed grades 2 and 3 will include a choice between Bug It Up!, a nature-related arts and crafts workshop, and Cinq Jours En France: Un Voyage Incroyable!, a simulated travel experience focused on French life and culture. Students who have completed grades 4 and 5 can choose between From Plant to Plate, a science/cooking workshop that follows the journey of food from field to kitchen, and Curtain UP!, an interactive theater and improvisation workshop.

August 3-7: Grades 6-8

Morning Session
Junior Writers’ Workshops for middle school students will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily. Students will work closely with trained instructors and Susquehanna creative writing majors to develop communication and writing skills and build confidence. The fee for the workshop is $165 per student.  Students attending the writers’ workshop also will have the option of continuing their day at the teen camp to explore an afternoon special interest topic.

Afternoon Session
The afternoon session will be held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $70.
Students may choose a version of the From Plant to Plate workshop adapted for older campers; Journey to Japan, an exploration of the daily life and traditions of Japanese culture; and Let’s Get Creative!, a dynamic workshop of diverse creative experiences, from cartooning to problem solving to scavenger hunts.

August 10-14: Grades 3-5

Held from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily, the Junior Writers’ Workshop offered the previous week to middle school students is adapted for students who have completed grades 3 through 5. No afternoon session is available.

All sessions are held on the campus of Susquehanna University. Because of the interactive nature of the activities, sessions are limited to 15 campers each. For more information on Kids' College, or to register, call the Office of Conference and Event Management at 570-372-4354 or visit www.susqu.edu/cem.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650





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