Kids College participation goes ‘beyond expectations’

Published 10:56 am Saturday, October 13, 2012


Jake Fowler watches Chloe Bunn demonstrate a front snap kick during Self Defense for Kids taught by Master Barrett Crook, left. -- SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN—This summer’s Kids College at Paul D. Camp Community College had its highest enrollment in four years with nearly 200 participants.

“Each student took an average of two to three classes,” said program Director Teri Zurfluh. “Of course, many took even more classes than that.”

The program featured 50 classes and 90 sessions; 75 percent of the classes were new this year and well received, Zurfluh said. Favorites included Fossil Finders, Geology Rocks, Tie Dye Tuesdays, Kids College Olympics, Cake Madness and Arc-kid-tecture.

“These classes were big hits with big numbers for brand new classes,” she said. “Kitchen Chemistry, Monster Mash and Unmasking Middle School had smaller classes, but proved to be a lot of fun.”

One family drove from Portsmouth every day during one week to participate in the Health Career Academy.

“They have already asked when they can sign up for next summer’s program,” said Zurfluh.

Plans are under way to expand offerings, including computer programming and game design, and more advanced levels of Kayak Kids.

“We’ve learned a lot about how to enhance the lives of our community’s youth and families through the Kids College program,” she said. “Those families give us the motivation, new ideas support and feedback that keep us going.”