Kids College participation goes ‘beyond expectations’

Jake Fowler and Chloe Bunn

Jake Fowler watches Chloe Bunn timidly demonstrate a front snap kick during one of the Self Defense for Kids classes taught by Master Barrett Crook, left.

Kids College, The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development’s summer enrichment series, drew nearly 200 participants this year.
 
According to Director Teri Zurfluh, who has been in charge of the program since 2007, the numbers reflect the highest amount of participation in four years.
 
“The duplicated headcount was 470,” she said. “Each student took an average of 2 to 3 classes,” “Of course, many took even more classes than that.”
 
The program featured 50 classes and 90 sessions, with 75 percent of the classes making a debut. Zurfluh said the new classes were well-received, and some of the 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. Some of the existing offerings that remain popular are Kayak Kids, Junior Master Gardening Camp, Self-Defense for Kids and the Health Career Academy.”
 
Zurfluh said one family drove from Portsmouth every day during one week in order 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 already 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.”
 
Kids College is for rising 2nd-12th graders and offers workshops that cover the  areas of Arts and Expression; Career Exploration; Hobbies and Interests; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Student Success. Kids College partners with many agencies, businesses and organizations to offer a variety of classes. For more information, log onto www.pdc.edu/kids-college/ or contact Zurfluh, 569-6700 or tzurfluh@pdc.edu.

Kids College Olympics

Instructor Lisa Kardos, in back, oversees the “discus” throw during the Kids College Olympics. Emmy Benton, from left, waits her turn after Madalyn Kimlick and Neva Hall hurl their Frisbees.