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Release date: May 15, 2006
Community Classroom introduces first set of Kids' Kollege offerings

PLAINVIEW – For many children, summer is a time of lazy days, TV or movies and little else. But new offerings at the Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University can help youngsters grow their minds during the months between school years.

              The first offering is the Summer Art Trek for grades 1-4. Cynthia Pinnell, area artist and retired elementary teacher, will help children explore various elements of art, learn basic drawing skills, experiment with the use of a color palette, learn about classifying art and complete a visual art project.

              The art trek will meet on Thursdays beginning June 15 and running through July 27. Children entering grades 1 and 2 will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and children in grades 3 and 4 will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes will take place at the Community Classroom, and the art trek costs $50 per child, covering the cost of all materials and supplies.

              The Mind, Body and Heart Camp will be offered for children in grades 2-5 in July. The three-day camp is full of activities designed to integrate children’s minds, bodies and hearts. Children will be introduced to Yoga (without the Eastern philosophy), computer classes, service learning, team games, lifelong sports, nutritional information and daily devotionals.

              Instructors for the camp will be Natalie Collins, Alissa Carter and Debbie Stennett. Cost for the camp is $85 per child and includes lunch and snacks for all three days and a t-shirt. Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11-13, and children in grades 4 and 5 will meet July 18-20.

              The Plainview High School chess club is sponsoring the Bullpup Chess Camp from 9-11 a.m. July 13-17, aimed at children ages 6-14. The camp will feature classes divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Participants will learn how to play chess, refine their skills and compete with each other, with the top ranking player from each level earning a camp award. The cost is $30.

              Registration for any of these offerings can be done at the Community Classroom, 708 Yonkers. For more information, contact CC director Debbie Stennett at 291-3650.