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Record Number of Children Attend
UW-Eau Claire's Expanded Summer Institute

 MAILED:  July 22, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - A record number of almost 1,300 Chippewa Valley students are spending part of the summer pursuing their special interests at the twenty-sixth annual Summer Institute, coordinated and sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension.

Morning and afternoon classes, offered June 16-26 and July 14-24, give first grade to senior high school students an opportunity to explore a variety of topics ranging from languages to arts and sciences.

"Students are able to find something that piques their interest and that they love learning," said Sharon Hildebrand, Continuing Education/UW-Extension Pre College and Youth Programs coordinator. Hildebrand noted that the students learn through socially interactive situations and hands-on experience - gathering data, observing, developing projects and providing demonstrations.

For the second year in a row the university also is offering the SmArt summer art program, a spin-off of the Summer Institute, created in response to student and parent requests for more art classes. The program is designed to help sixth grade through senior high school students develop art concepts, learn techniques and stimulate idea creation. Classes in silk screen printing, painting, graphic design and publishing, jewelry making, and sculpting with fibers emphasize studio experience in a variety of mediums. There is even a class that features the creation of a multi-media installation depicting a fantasy culture.

Much of the space for the 93 classes offered through the Summer Institute and SmArt would not be available without the partnership between UW-Eau Claire and area schools.

"Partnerships allow UW-Eau Claire to have an active and visible presence in the community and serve the whole Chippewa Valley," said Hildebrand.

Partnerships began in 1995 when the Chippewa Falls school district offered additional classroom space for the Summer Institute and paid tuition for its students. Since then the Eau Claire school district also has begun to pay tuition and provide space for classes. Hildebrand said students benefit from being in classrooms that are familiar and better suited to their physical needs and area schools and UW-Eau Claire are able to offer a more consistent curriculum to the students through the combining of resources.

Summer Institute instructors are area private and public school teachers, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, recent UW-Eau Claire graduates and community members with special skills. Assisting the instructors are UW-Eau Claire undergraduates. Most are majoring in education and some are getting their first taste of face-to-face contact with children in a classroom setting. Besides assisting instructors with teaching, the undergraduates also learn about some of a teacher's additional responsibilities, such as being there to supervise when students arrive or go to lunch.

The program cost is $65 per class and extra fees may be required for class materials. Tuition support is available. For more information, contact Sharon Hildebrand, (715) 836-5606.

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Updated: July 22, 2003