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Registration Begins for Summer Youth Programs

RELEASED: March 28, 2006

Youth programs brochure cover

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education will offer an array of learning opportunities to Chippewa Valley youth this summer, including Summer Institute, SmART Summer Art, and Kamp Kaleidoscope: Farm Life Adventures.

Summer Institute will be held from June 12-22 in Chippewa Falls and from July 10-20 in Eau Claire. More than 1,000 students in grades 1-8 take advantage of the program's summer enrichment classes each year. This year, both sessions include a new kindergarten program for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2006. Summer Institute classes cover many subject areas including math, science, language arts, social studies, foreign languages, creative arts, music and sports. Presented in two-hour periods from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., classes emphasize hands-on, interactive learning.

SmART Summer Art will be held on the UW-Eau Claire campus from July 10-20. It offers specialized art classes for 6th-12th grade students. This year's program includes classes in computer animation, painting, photography, book art, glass mosaics and clothing design.

The latest addition to Continuing Education's youth programs, Kamp Kaleidoscope: Farm Life Adventures, is a two-week summer day camp offered in partnership with the Chippewa Valley Museum. Open to 3rd-6th grade students, the camp will be held July 10-20 from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park. Through hands-on activities, demonstrations, crafts and field trips, day campers will explore the past, present and future of Wisconsin farming. Topics include farm animal care, crops and gardening, the farmhouse kitchen, beekeeping and honey, and the rural community.

"Continuing Education's summer youth programs offer educational enrichment for those who love to learn and who want to explore new interests over the summer," said Libby Thurston, Continuing Education/UW-Extension Youth Director.

Thurston attributes much of the program's success to the partnerships that Continuing Education has with local school districts and organizations. These partnerships originated in 1995, when the Chippewa Falls School District began providing classroom space and funding for Summer Institute classes. This year, Continuing Education's partners include the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls school districts, the Chippewa Valley Museum and Charter Bank. These partners provide financial support, facilities and expertise to help strengthen the summer programs.

"Our partnerships drive our programming because they allow us to stay active and visible throughout the communities we serve," said George Kroeninger, Continuing Education director.

UW-Eau Claire Summer Youth Program brochures will be delivered to public and private elementary, middle and high schools in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Parents whose children have not received a brochure by April 3 should contact their schools. Home school or out-of-district parents may contact the Continuing Education office for a brochure.

The program tuition is $65 per class, with some additional fees for class materials. The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire school districts cover some tuition costs for students residing in these districts. Charter Bank also pays tuition for one class for children who opened a College Fund Account on or before May 1, 2004.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis beginning April 3 at 210 Water St. in Eau Claire. Registrations can be faxed to (715) 836-5263. No phone registrations can be accepted. For more information, check the Web, call (715) 836-3636 or toll free (866) 893-2423, or e-mail CE@uwec.edu.

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