College for Kids at HCC combines learning, fun

July 07, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- It will be another nine years before Timothy Walker can drive a car. He won't go to his senior prom for about a decade.

However, this summer, just weeks before he's set to start the second grade at Maugansville Elementary School, Timothy, 7, is getting a glimpse of college.

Timothy is one of about 750 students participating in Hagerstown Community College's annual College for Kids enrichment program. The summer classes are in their 21st year, and are open to children in first through 10th grade, said Anne Myers, program manager for lifelong learning and College for Kids.

"College For Kids combines learning and fun," Myers said.

More than 70 one-week programs are offered and will run through the first week of August. Timothy enrolled in a computer course, and recently took "I Spy," which focused on science - one of his favorite subjects.


"I like the experiments," Timothy said. "You get to look at a lot of stuff."

On Wednesday, he learned how plants get nutrients and food by doing an experiment that involved celery and water with food coloring in it.

"You can still have fun and learn at the same time," said Diana Gray, an instructor with College for Kids.

Jamie Siebert, 9, said she's enjoyed learning about pets in the College for Kids "pet academy." Jamie, a fourth-grader at Potomac Heights Elementary, said she already has two cats, a dog and a guinea pig, but is hoping to save enough money to buy two goldfish.

"I love pets and animals and I thought camp would be fun," Jamie said. "You can learn all about different kinds of pets."

The lesson Wednesday will help her take care of the goldfish she hopes to buy. Jamie said she and the other students learned that fish need an "air blower" and the "bubble blower" in their tank.

Jamie said she'll attend horseback riding camp later this summer, and was able to learn about horses during College for Kids, which was her "favorite" lesson.

"And tomorrow is dog day," she said, another one of her favorite animals.

Other programs offered last week included lessons in drama ("Step Into the Spotlight"), nutrition and cooking ("Food Fun"), Antarctica ("Antarctica Experience") and animals ("All About Animals"), Myers said.

"These are great hands-on activities each day," she said.

Myers said that tuition is about $145 for each week's program, and some students choose to attend several programs throughout the summer. Additional classes were added this year to accommodate the demand, she said.

"Our interest is in providing a summer enrichment program where children can have a wonderful experience," Myers said.

If you enroll

What: There are still some openings in Hagerstown Community College's College for Kids summer enrichment programs

When: Now through the first week of August

Where: Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Cost: $145 for one week

Details: For more information, or to enroll, call Anne Myers at 301-790-2800 Ext. 582 or the registration line at 301-790-2800 Ext. 236.

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