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Registration Begins for 28th Annual Summer Institute

RELEASED: March 29, 2005

2004 Summer Institute participants
These boys enjoyed making a new friend during the 2004 Summer Institute .

EAU CLAIRE — Would your school-age children like to learn Spanish vocabulary, build a rocket, grow garden plants, or sing in a choir this summer? They can do all of this and more at the 28th Annual Summer Institute.

This year's Summer Institute will be offered June 13-23 at Hillcrest

Elementary School in Chippewa Falls and July 11-21 at Meadowview Elementary School in Eau Claire. More than 1,000 first through eighth graders are expected to take advantage of the program's enrichment classes.

Coordinated and sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension, in partnership with the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts, Summer Institute offers classes in a variety of subjects, including math, science, language arts, social studies, foreign languages, creative arts, music and theater.

Offered in 90-minute sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Summer Institute classes emphasize hands-on experiences and interaction with peers, creating a learning environment that is both rigorous and fun.

"Summer Institute is an exciting learning experience for teachers and for students, because we encourage everyone to be creative and try out new ideas," said Libby Thurston, Continuing Education/UW-Extension youth outreach specialist. Thurston added that nearly half of the classes offered this year are new to Summer Institute.

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 affordable for resident families.

"We owe so much to the administrators, teachers, and staff in the school districts," Thurston said. "They are the people who make Summer Institute possible."

Summer Institute instructors are certified teachers from area public and private schools. UW-Eau Claire education majors also serve as the program's teaching assistants, gaining valuable classroom experience and keeping Summer Institute's student to teacher ratio low.

Summer Institute brochures will be delivered to both public and private elementary and middle schools in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls by March 31st, with registration beginning on April 1st. Parents whose children have not received a brochure by April 1 are encouraged to contact their schools or stop in the Continuing Education office at 210 Water Street, Eau Claire, to register. The cost is $65 tuition plus $15 materials fee per class. The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts will cover some tuition costs for students residing within these districts.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until classes are filled. Registrations can be delivered or mailed to 210 Water Street, Eau Claire, WI, 54702, or faxed to (715) 836-5263. No phone registrations will be accepted. More information is available online, by calling Thurston at (715) 836-3636 or toll free at (866) UWEC-4-CE (893-2423), or sending e-mail to CE@uwec.edu.

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