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Registration Begins for
27th Annual Summer Institute

 MAILED:  March 31, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — More than 1,000 Chippewa Valley students will take advantage of summer enrichment classes as part of the 27th Annual Summer Institute. Coordinated and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension, in partnership with the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts, Summer Institute offers enrichment classes for first through eighth graders that enhance the school year’s curriculum.

Summer Institute classes, offered mornings and afternoons June 14-24 and July 12-22, provide learning opportunities in a variety of topics, from history and culture, to visual and performing arts, to science and math.

“Summer Institute focuses on students who love to learn and who want to continue to challenge themselves during the summer months,” said Libby Thurston, Continuing Education/UW-Extension youth outreach specialist. In Summer Institute, Thurston noted, teachers emphasize problem solving, hands-on experiences and interaction with peers, creating a learning environment that is both rigorous and fun.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension attributes much of Summer Institute’s success to the partnerships they have developed with local school districts. These partnerships originated in 1995, when the Chippewa Falls School District began providing classroom space and funding for Summer Institute classes. Currently, the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts contribute classroom space, tuition and extra support to make the Summer Institute convenient and consistent for resident families.

In 2003, Continuing Education/UW-Extension also launched a partnership with Charter Bank, through which the bank reimburses Summer Institute tuition for students who have Charter Bank college fund accounts.

“Our partnerships are so valuable to us, because they allow us to stay active and visible throughout the community we serve,” said Debra King, Continuing Education/UW-Extension program manager.

Summer Institute instructors are certified teachers from area public and private schools. Many UW-Eau Claire education majors assist in the classrooms, gaining practical experience in classroom settings.

Summer Institute brochures will be delivered to both public and private elementary and middle schools in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Parents whose children have not received a brochure by April 1 may contact their schools. The program tuition is $65 per class, with some additional fees for class materials. The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts will cover tuition for students residing within these districts.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis beginning April 1 at 210 Water Street in Eau Claire. Registrations can also be faxed to (715) 836-5263. No phone registrations will be accepted. For more information, call (715) 836-3636 or toll free (866) UWEC4CE (893-2423), or send e-mail to


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Updated: March 30, 2004