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Kids Kollege offers solution to summertime blues

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Little crafters in Annette Ferguson’s class show off the bunnies they made.
SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2013
Solving mysteries, staging plays, drawing cartoons —all this and more made The Prizery and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center a hub of activity as Kids Kollege wrapped up its first week on Friday.

With classrooms of 12 to 16 youngsters ranging in ages from 4 to 12 years old, Kids Kollege offered a wealth of activities to break up the summertimes blues— with children learning new skills from a cadre of seasoned teachers, some retired, others still working.

Sandy Slayton, an elementary school teacher and a fixture of Little Theatre, led the “In the Spotlight” class of 7 to 12 year olds — each of whom were preparing to present a play for their parents on the final day of class.

Down the hall at the Higher Ed Center, Diane Holmes had her students (third grade and up) collecting fingerprints and evidence to solve crimes and analyze handwritten notes in her “CSI — Who Done It?” class.

Drawing their favorite characters and making head bands, the 8-11 year olds in Margaret Covington’s “Looney Toons and More” class had fun while learning the basics of drawing,

One of the most popular classes was “It’s Alive,” led by Regan Priest, who instructed 6 and 7 year olds on how to give life to their Legos — a challenge that brought out an eager contingent of child builders to fill the room.

Reading specialist Wanda Williamson sought to inspire a love of reading among pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students enrolled in her “Book Buddies” class.

For the very young, ages 4-6, Annette Ferguson showed how to use one’s imagination and creativity in her “More Fun and Games and Stories” class.

Today marks the start of the second week of Kids Kollege, with these offerings in store:

Music teacher Daphne Smith will teach her 4-6 year old students how to express themselves in song and dance.

Wanda Williamson will instruct youngsters ages 8-10 on how to make ice cream in a bag as well as how to create a rainbow.

Desiree Shaffer will acquaint 7-12 year olds with some of America’s greatest artists, such as N.C. Wyeth and Mary Cassatt.

Regan Priest will again teach 8-10 year olds how to use technology to make their robots come to life.

Annette Ferguson will instruct her 6-8 year olds in puppet power, dramatizing stories, songs and poetry.

Also this week, Ivania Chinchilla will be teaching 7-10 year olds how to say such familiar phrases as “Hello” and “How Are You,” in sign language.

The final week of Kids Kollege, July 22-26, will feature:

Sandy Slayton teaching 4-7 year olds how to become “Tiny Stars” as they learn how to perform in the spotlight.

Annette Ferguson will teach the 8-10 year olds to be “Kreative Kids” in her art class.

Regan Priest will lead 11-12 year olds working in teams to build and modify robots using Lego Droid Developer Kits.

4-6 year olds will have fun exploring the world in Wanda Williamson’s “Cool Scenes for Curious Kids” class

Ivania Chinchilla will teach basic Spanish phrases to 7-10 year olds.

Desiree Shaffer will instruct 7-12 year olds in how to paint still life landscapes, animal and human figures.

Kids Kollege classes are being presented by Parsons Bruce Art Association in conjunction with Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of teachers and volunteers. (Lead teachers are paid for their services, while classroom assistants are volunteers.) Many of the volunteers are veterans of Halifax County Little Theatre, while 14 others are members of the Halifax County High School Honor Society. Its members are required to contribute ten hours of volunteer service to their community.

“We are very fortunate to have such talented and experienced teachers and we so much appreciate the help our volunteers bring to the program,” said Peggy Crews, coordinator for the Kids Kollege program. “We’re having an amazing second season with our Kids Kollege classes.”

There are still a few openings in some of the classes for this week and next, she said. Questions about those classes may be directed to Peggy Crews at (434)572-4778 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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