Imagine spending the summer learning what it’s like to be a crime-scene investigator, traveling back in time to the Revolutionary War, then painting like Van Gogh and practicing your technique as a stage actor, only to finish up the month learning a new language.
This summer, two HWS alums once again directed Kids College to do just that for children in grades three through eight. The week-long sessions offered throughout the summer allowed children to participate in academic, leadership and teamwork activities, in addition to arts and crafts, sports and field trips. Sessions run from June 30 to Aug. 8, and more than 200 children from as far away as Texas, Nevada, the Carolinas, and even Pakistan are registered.
The first session, Math Week, allowed children to learn what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator and to learn how math can be applied in fun ways to everyday life.
In the second session, children can participated in Leadership Week, which included field trips to historic Philadelphia (for older children) and to Historic Pursuits in Palmyra. “During the field trip to Palmyra, we’ll go back in time to the Colonial period where the kids will be dressed in clothing of the time and will re-enact Revolutionary War battles, learn archery, cook in Dutch ovens, and make candles,” said Director Carin Cunningham ‘92.
During Art Week, students studied renowned artists like Van Gogh and Warhol, as well as learn how to express themselves through art. More outdoorsy kids preferred Science Week, during which campers had the chance to explore the Finger Lakes and even climb a mountain.
Aspiring actors were excited for Drama Week, during which they will learn about different aspects of theater such as set construction, costume design and acting.
The camp concludes with Celebrate Me Week, during which kids can learn a foreign language, create a scrapbook or discover a new hobby. “Everything is new and fresh,” Carin said. “We have activities planned that kids just can’t do at school. We’re working to give these kids the variety and opportunities that they deserve.” Cunningham and her husband, John Cunningham ’95, are looking forward to their second year directing Kids College.
The Cunninghams met while in the HWS education program and now both work at North Street Elementary School in Geneva. John received his B.A. in psychology from Hobart College in 1995. In 2001, he earned his master’s degree from Nazareth College and is certified in General and Special Education. He has also been certified in Literary Collaborative since 2005 and is now the Literacy Coordinator for grades three through five. Carin graduated from William Smith College with a B.A. in English and a minor in education. She went on to receive her M.S. in Education from the University of New England in 2003. She currently teaches Extended Studies K-5 at North Street.
“It’s exciting to see how many kids signed,” said Carin. “The numbers are even higher at this point than last year. It’s nice to see the kids returning; we all got so close last year.”
The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more details and registration information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Events at (315) 781-3103 or visit the Kids College Web site. The brochure and registration form can also be downloaded online.