Kids College helps participants explore history and mystery of Smithfield

Cold War history class IMG_1006Connor Gamble, Noah Wesdock, Kymani Mosely, Carson Gamble, Gage Xinos (black shirt) and historic interpreter Albert Burckard during a Cold War history class at Kids College last summer in Smithfield.
Cold War history class IMG_1011Connor Gamble, Kymani Mosely, Gage Xinos (behind Kymani), Noah Wesdock, Carson Gamble (behind Burckard) and Albert Burckard (historic interpreter) during a Cold War history class at Kids College last summer in Smithfield.
Kids College is back in Smithfield helping area students discover what adventures lie in their own backyard.
In partnership with Isle of Wight County Museum and Tours & Tales, Inc., “Finding Smithfield” will focus on escapades across the county, including storming castles, and exploring forts and missile fields. Discover how one small, quiet town could take a nation by storm with just two products, ham and peanuts. Take a selfie with the world’s oldest ham on the HamCam. This weeklong class will run July 25 to July 29, and will bring students from Franklin to experience Smithfield with their county counterparts.
“We love offering classes in Smithfield,” Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh said. “The families here in Isle of Wight County have been great to work with. We love helping them find fun and educational opportunities during the summer without traveling over a bridge or a through a tunnel.
“We’ve increased our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) offerings at their request. We even have classes that help students travel across the world without a passport— even to Hogwarts!”
The following are some of the highlighted sessions this summer:

  • Arts and Crafts: WreathWorks, Gourd-jus Birdhouses, Tie Dye Tada!, Light Box Art and Memorabilia Boards
  • Literature, Theatre and Culture: Around the World in Four Days, Hogwarts Summer School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mythology Madness and All the World’s a Stage
  • STEM: Ozobot Odyssey, Forensics in Miniature, Art of Math, and Lego Engineering Olympic Challenge
  • Sports and Recreation: Tennis Camps and Martial Arts Camps

“We want to continue to grow Kids College in Smithfield, but we need feedback from families to help shape our future,” Zurfluh said. “This is our third summer at our Smithfield location and our new site Coordinator Melba Holland is ready to continue providing the best experience possible. We are going to have a great summer!”
Kids College is a popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development of Paul D. Camp Community College, and offers unique workshops for students ages 7 to 18. The program will run weekdays at our Franklin location from June 20 to Aug.12 and at PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, from June 27 to Aug. 12.
Registration is now open for both Kids College locations. The summer catalog and registration materials are available at For more information, call 757.569.6058 or email