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Still Time to Register for Summer Youth Programs

RELEASED: May 16, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education has learning opportunities for Chippewa Valley youth from kindergarten through high school. Choices include 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. This year, both sessions include a new Kindergarten Program for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2006. Summer Institute classes include math, science, language arts, social studies, foreign languages, creative arts, music, and sports. Classes emphasize hands-on, interactive learning and are presented in two-hour periods from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

SmART Summer Art will be held on the UW-Eau Claire campus from July 10-20. SmArt 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 day camp will be held July 10-20 from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park. Campers will milk a goat; make their own ice cream, meet live farm animals, learn about bee-keeping and honey making, study barn architecture and more. Lunches and snacks will be provided.

"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 developed with local school districts and organizations. The partnerships began in 1995 when the Chippewa Falls School District offered classroom space and funding for the Summer Institute program. This year, Continuing Education's partners include the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls school districts, the Chippewa Valley Museum and Charter Bank. The partners provide financial support, facilities and expertise to help strengthen the summer programs.

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, 2005.

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register by phone, call Libby Thurston at (715) 836-3365. You can also register at the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education Office at 210 Water Street in Eau Claire or fax the form to (715) 836-5263. For more information, check the Web or e-mail CE@uwec.edu.

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