Kids on Campus is an educational partnership through Shawnee State University (SSU) with local teaching professionals who plan a four day school setting with fun academic topics for students to study over summer break.
Smith has been active in Kids on Campus for 10 years and has been a coordinator for five years. Smith also taught a sand volleyball course for the program, which she says was extremely fun and rewarding.
“As coordinator, I talk with teachers who are interested in teaching classes and help them select a program they feel kids would enjoy, while utilizing the teacher’s strengths,” Smith said. “Most all of the teachers at Kids on Campus are classroom teachers from a variety of school districts in the surrounding counties.”
Smith is also the assistant principal of Bloom-Vernon Elementary, where she has worked for 28 years in different capacities from coaching to directing and looks forward to working with Kids on Campus each year.
“Kids on Campus is a great program for kids,” Smith said. “Area teachers and other community leaders design unique and fun classes specifically for Kids on Campus. Kids, grades kindergarten through eighth grade can participate. It is a very positive, safe learning environment where kids learn new and exciting things, because they want to.”
Each class is broken down by age. Kindergarten participants are self-contained and remain with one teacher all day.
Last year was the first time that the program offered a kindergarten class, and with a successful run, they decided to keep it in their permanent programming.
Classes include topics such as basketball, candy making, fitness, sports stacking, percussion, Spanish, video editing and production, science, Harry Potter, swimming, volleyball, guitar, forensic science, drawing and much more.
“Students who participate in Kids on Campus are provided with a campus experience. College and career readiness is a primary focus for all school age kids, and Kids on Campus provides kids with an opportunity to see the campus at Shawnee State University,” Smith said.
Information on registration, times and classes can be found at www.shawnee.edu/offices/educational-partnerships. Registration can be done online through eventbrite.com. For questions, please contact Sandy Smith through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $55.00 per session, if registered before the end of the month. Lunch can be purchased for the 4 days and costs $28. It is a buffet style lunch.
“I feel the program is very important to kids in our area. It gives them an opportunity to see the beautiful campus of Shawnee State University, and instills a desire to attend college in the future. It also gives kids an opportunity to learn and have fun during the summer, with no test to take at the end. It is a great atmosphere.”
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